West Norfolk council tax discounts set to remain unchanged

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Council tax rebates on second and empty homes in West Norfolk look set to remain unchanged next year under plans backed by borough leaders this week.

At present, owners of second homes receive a five per cent discount on their tax bills, as long as the property is not their main home and is not occupied for more than 28 days at a time.

The owners of empty properties are entitled to a full tax rebate for up to three months, when it reverts back to zero.

Meanwhile, people with uninhabitable properties can get 50 per cent off their bills for up to 12 months.

Deputy chief executive David Thomason told Tuesday’s cabinet meeting that the plan to leave the discount rates as they are for the coming financial year was a continuation of the council’s current policy.

He said the plan was “the final piece in the jigsaw” that needed to be in place before council tax rates for the 2015-16 financial year can be set.

Leader Nick Daubney said he was often asked about the five per cent discount on second homes, but claimed it enabled the council to identify where properties were occupied or not more easily.

Members approved the plan, which will now go before the full council on January 29.