Dwelling stock by council tax band


The 14 Lancashire authorities together had a combined dwelling stock figure of 672,140 in March 2017, which represented 2.8% of the total for England. Numbers in each authority ranged from a high of 71,280 in Blackpool to 26,370 in Ribble Valley.

Analysis by council tax band shows that over 60% of dwellings in Burnley and Pendle were in the lowest band 'A' (England = 24.5%). The highest tax bands of 'F' to 'H' accounted for 9.1% of properties in England but just 1.2% or under in Blackpool, Burnley and Hyndburn. In Ribble Valley and Fylde however the proportions were 16.5% and 11.1% respectively.

The council tax bands

The dwelling stock information contained in this report is derived from the Valuation Office Agency. It provides information on the number of domestic properties and their distribution across the eight standard council tax bands 'A to H'.

Dwellings are classified as accommodation which is normally lived in by one or more people, and include houses, flats, bungalows and maisonettes. Temporary structures such as caravans and houseboats are counted as dwellings if they are the main residence of a household. The precise definition that applies to this dataset is set out in section three of the 1992 Local Government Finance Act, and is concerned with establishing ownership, occupation and liability for council tax purposes. Each dwelling in England is assigned to one of eight council tax bands as shown in the table.

  band A band B band C band D band E band F band G band H
Min value (£)   40,001 52,001 68,001 88,001 120,001 160,001 320,000
Max value (£) 40,000 52,000 68,000 88,000 120,000 160,000 320,000  

The council tax band of a property is based on the price a property would have fetched if it had been sold on the open market on 1 April 1991.

Dwelling stock results

In total, the dataset covered nearly 24 million dwellings in England in March 2017. Table 1 has the dwelling stock numbers for the local authorities in Lancashire. Blackpool, with 71,280 dwellings, had the largest stock of all Lancashire authorities, whilst Ribble Valley recorded the lowest number with 26,370. The dwelling stock in the Lancashire-14 area amounted to 672,140, which represents 20.7% of the North West total and 2.8% of the national figure. The most striking aspect about the results is the high proportions of dwellings in the lowest council tax band (A) in some Lancashire authorities. On average, 24.5% of dwellings in England were in council tax band 'A', but in Burnley and Pendle the percentages were in excess of 60%.  In contrast, Fylde and Ribble Valley had rates of 18.2% and 14.0% respectively.

Table 1 Total dwelling stock and in council tax band 'A', March 2017

  Total Council tax band 'A' % in band 'A'
Burnley 40,950 25,000 61.1
Chorley 49,990 14,770 29.6
Fylde 38,120 6,950 18.2
Hyndburn 36,780 21,740 59.1
Lancaster 63,980 22,430 35.1
Pendle 40,130 24,760 61.7
Preston 62,230 28,980 46.6
Ribble Valley 26,370 3,690 14.0
Rossendale 31,780 16,230 51.1
South Ribble 49,040 9,970 20.3
West Lancashire 49,080 14,530 29.6
Wyre 51,770 11,850 22.9
Lancashire-12 540,220 200,910 37.2
Blackburn with Darwen 60,640 35,350 58.3
Blackpool 71,280 31,880 44.7
Lancashire-14 672,140 268,140 39.9
North West 3,248,790 1,343,990 41.4
England 23,977,480 5,869,590 24.5

Source: Valuation Office Agency, dwelling stock by council tax band, 2017

Figures for all bands can be viewed in the online table CTSOP1.0

Table 2 is available as a downloadable comma separated value file. It contains the total number of dwelling stock by each council tax band and the percentages in those bands.   The table contains all of the data behind the district level Instant Atlas dashboard, and there is a dashboard for the small area geography LSOAs of which there are 941 in the Lancashire-14 area. [These are in the panel on the right] 

For Lancashire-14, the percentage of properties in band 'B' (20.2%) was just ahead of the England average, but from C onwards the proportions for Lancashire fall noticeably below the norm for England. The highest tax bands of 'F' to 'H' together accounted for 9.1% of properties in England but just 4.8% in the Lancashire-14 area. In Ribble Valley and Fylde however, the proportions are 16.5% and 11.1% respectively. In contrast, Burnley (1.1%), Blackpool (1.2%) and Hyndburn (1.2%) had very few dwellings in the top three bands.

Page updated July 2017.