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Rateable values explained

Rateable values are used to calculate charges if you do not have a meter. The rateable value of your property can be found at the top of your unmetered bill.

Rateable values were last set by the Valuation Office of the Inland Revenue in 1990 and cannot be changed.

These were the basis for charging rates before the Community Charge (known as Poll Tax) was introduced in 1990. This was replaced with Council Tax.

Before 1990, local authorities set rateable values to reflect the annual rental value of a property, taking into account its size, its condition and the availability of local services.

The Water Industry Act 1999 allows us to continue using rateable values to calculate bills for people without a water meter. We cannot use the Council Tax register as a basis for bills because legislation prohibits its use for any purpose other than local government taxation.

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Should you get a water meter?

Water meters have important benefits for you, for us and for the environment as you can have more control over your water use and leaks are easier to detect.  

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