We have received this message below from our VOA. It relates to new-build but suggests that an NHB calculation is going ahead this year.
In light of this, we will be doing an exercise to ensure the number of empties is minimised, in case empties form part of the calculation too.
We are aware of the importance of the New Homes Bonus funding for you, and of Council Tax reports. Please be assured that we remain committed to progressing these cases and are closely monitoring performance.
We will endeavour to clear as many New Homes Bonus cases as possible in time for you to submit your figures to MHCLG. You may find it helpful to prioritise the submission of your reports, sending us those that are of most value to you first.
Whilst we understand the importance of this work, it would help us if you could keep any enquiries you have on individual reports to a minimum, as this diverts resources away from processing them. Thank you for working with us on this.
Local Authority Engagement Team
19 June 2020