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Joy at council tax cash back

KNOWLE residents have received hefty refunds after it emerged they’d been paying too much council tax for almost 20 years.

KNOWLE residents have received hefty refunds after it emerged they’d been paying too much council tax for almost 20 years.

Eleven homeowners in Woodrow Crescent have successfully appealed against the band they were in - decided by the Valuation Office.

For the residents who have been there the longest, this has meant refunds of over £3,000.

Homeowner Cliff Morrey said that one of his neighbours believed his house was in the wrong band and had appealed in January.

This has led to a flurry of similar appeals and now 11 of the homes have been re-classified.

“It really is a fascinating situation that we’ve got, so many people have had letters back saying that they will receive a refund,” said Mr Morrey.

“For people who have been here since 1993, when the Valuation Office last set the bands, the refunds are over £3,000.

“It does raise the question about how many more properties are in the wrong band in Solihull and around the country.”

Councillor Andrew Hodgson, cabinet member for resources and efficiency, said: “We have had a number of reclassifications of council tax bands for houses on Woodrow Crescent over the last few months and are advising residents where an account is in credit as a consequence of a change being applied.”

Solihull Council has advised anyone who thinks they’re in the wrong band to contact the Valuation Office.

 

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