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Places of religious worship;
Lighthouses and related property used by Trinity House;
Land and structures used by drainage authorities;
Property used for the training of the disabled, and the provision of welfare services to them;
Air raid protection works;
Swinging moorings for boats and ships, i.e. moorings which are not connected to the river bank or shore, but to the river or sea bed;
Road crossings over water courses;
Property used for road user charging schemes;
Property in enterprise zones; and
Property occupied by visiting armed forces, such as air force bases.
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Diplomatic non-domestic property is exempt from rates by virtue of the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964. However, premises occupied by diplomatic missions and visiting armed forces pay a contribution in lieu of a proportion of the rates due on the property, to reflect the use they make of local authority services, currently 6 per cent. of the full rate liability.
Under the Local Government Finance Act 1988 various reliefs are available to ratepayers. In some cases, local authorities have discretion to give relief up to 100 per cent., so their occupiers pay no rates. In some of these cases this is a top-up on a lower level of mandatory relief. 100 per cent. relief is available, at local authority discretion, to charities, small businesses in designated rural settlements, and new small-scale farm diversification enterprises, ratepayers suffering hardship and non-profit making bodies engaged in philanthropic, cultural, sporting and other activities.
Class B: Empty dwellings owned by charities (valid for up to six months);
Class C: Dwellings left empty and substantially unfurnished (valid for up to six months);
Class D: Dwellings left empty by prisoners;
Class E: Dwellings left empty by patients in hospitals and care homes;
Class F: Dwellings left empty by deceased persons;
Class G: Dwellings where occupation is prohibited by public law;
Class H: Empty clergy dwellings;
Class I: Dwellings left empty by people receiving care;
Class J: Dwellings left empty by people providing care;
Class K: Dwellings left empty by students;
Class L: Repossessed dwellings;
Class M: Student halls of residence;
Class N: Dwellings occupied only by students or school leavers;
Class O: Armed forces' accommodation;
Class P: Visiting armed forces' accommodation;
Class Q: Dwellings left empty by bankrupts;
Class R: Empty caravan pitches and boat moorings;
Class S: Dwellings occupied by minors only;
Class T: Empty annexes which cannot be let separately;
Class U: Dwellings occupied only by persons who are severely mentally impaired;
Class V: Dwellings occupied by persons with diplomatic privilege or immunity;
Class W: Annexes occupied by dependent relatives.
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|Total (cash terms) £ million||Total at 200102 prices(8) £ million||Percentage change (real terms)(8)|
(7) This comprises of aggregate external finance (AEF). AEF is central Government support towards total standard spending. It comprises revenue support grant, redistributed non-domestic rates, and certain specific, supplementary and special grants. For Westminster city council these include SSA reduction grant (199495 onwards) and central support protection grant (19992000 onwards).
(8) Real terms at 200102 prices calculated using the GDP deflator.
199091200001 revenue summary (RS) and revenue grant (RG) returns. 200102 general fund revenue accounts budget estimate return (RA) and RA(SG) (income from specific, special and supplementary grants).
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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many properties there are in each council tax band in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne; and how many in each band are (a) empty and (b) exempt because all residents are students. 
Dr. Whitehead: The table shows the number of properties in each council tax band in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne as at 16 October 2001. Information is also provided as at 1 November 2001 on the number of dwellings that were exempt from council tax because they were halls of residence provided predominantly for the accommodation of students, and those dwellings that were exempt because they were only occupied by students or school leavers.
These types of dwellings are prescribed in legislation as falling into exemption classes M and N respectively. In addition, the table shows the number of dwellings that were classed as either empty or second homes on 1 November 2001. A split between the number of empty dwellings and second homes is not available for the city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
|Information for Newcastle upon Tyne||Band A||Band B||Band C||Band D||Band E||Band F||Band G||Band H||Total|
|Number of dwellings on the valuation list as at 16 October 2001||73,187||17,198||16,451||7,194||3,535||1,648||1,295||114||120,622|
|Exemption Class MA hall of residence provided predominantly for the accommodation of students.||375||507||138||8||1||1||0||14||1,044|
|Exemption Class NA dwelling which is occupied only by students, the foreign spouses of students, or school and college leavers.||1,577||794||422||186||84||10||4||0||3,077|
|Total for Exemption Classes M and N||1,952||1,301||560||194||85||11||4||14||4,121|
|Number of dwellings classed as empty or second homes as at 1 November 2001.||2,535||481||360||207||102||70||58||19||3,832|
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