DCLG's revised Council Tax Base figures for 2013 show a significant reduction in the overall number of empty homes compared with 2012, according to Empty Homes Network analysis.
Changes in the CTB form, consequent upon the changes to council tax discounts and exemptions, mean the figures between the two years are not readily comparable but our analysis shows the following.
- The total number of empties in September 2012 (CTB return) was 704,357. This figure combines all the relevant exemption classes (including the abolished classes A and C) plus long-term empties.
- The comparable figure for September 2013 was 635,127 - a reduction of 69,230 in the total number of empties.
- A the same time, the New Homes Bonus awarded based on the change in long-term empties was 38,009.
- Thus the balance of the difference that needs to be explained would...