How to Appeal your Council Tax Bill for not achieving 70 days let in Covid
Many of you will have been receiving Council Tax Bills as a result of not achieving 70 days lets during the Covid Pandemic, 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021.
PASC UK thinks that this is possibly one of the worst decisions made by the Welsh Government during and after the pandemic. The businesses were closed by law and the number of days available to let during the period substantially reduced. To de-list businesses from Business Rates and bill for Council Tax amounts to little more than ‘fining’ businesses for being compliant with the lockdown laws.
We will continue to lobby against this with our partners to try and get this reversed. Updates will be provided in the dedicated Wales PASC UK Newsletters. If you do not get these, you can sign up for them by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put WALES NEWSLETTER PLEASE in the subject line.
In the meantime, we have prepared the following:
- A list of all the National and Regional Lockdowns in Wales
- Guidance Notes and background comments.
- 22 Different draft letters (One for each Council/Billing Authority in Wales)
The draft letters will enable you to add your details and make any changes necessary and send to your Council, (contact details supplied) to appeal against your 2020-2021 Council bill on the basis that there were exceptional circumstances and effectively prevented for hitting the 70/140-day rule by law.
Just download the List of Lockdowns, the Guidance Notes and your County letter and make the small changes needed to personalise and send to you Council contact as detailed in the draft letter.
Good luck and let us know how you get on.
Alistair Handyside (Chair PASC UK)