Jacqui Smith - Standards and Privileges Committee Contents


Further to your investigation into the second homes allowance claimed by the Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP I ask that you take into account the findings of the attached Freedom of Information requests.

You will see that Redditch Borough Council have provided details of the Council Tax paid in respect of Ms Smith's constituency address. The Council confirm that full Council Tax has been paid in respect of the property and that no claim was made for either a second home discount or a single person discount.

I am sure you are familiar with the legislation surrounding reductions in Council Tax but for clarity I shall detail the arrangements operated by Redditch Borough Council. The Council offers a reduction in Council Tax Liability of 25% if there is only one adult living in the property as their main home and a discount of 50% if no one lives there.

Given that the Home Secretary has claimed the Additional Costs Allowance on the basis that her main home is meant to be London I believe this latest revelation is worthy of further consideration by your Office.

2. Response to Freedom of Information request

Thank you for your request for information below. The answers to your questions are:


The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, has not benefited from a "second home" council tax discount at [… Road]. The charge has been calculated on the basis of there being two adult residents in the property.


The Register of Electors is held by the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) who is not a designated public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, in response to your question:

(a) Jacqui Smith is registered on the RoE and her registration details are freely available on the public version of the Register (she has not opted out) in relation to her address in [the constituency]. (N.B. The ERO would not normally reveal the address to any enquirer; but would only confirm the registration at a given address, as in this instance.)

(b) The ERO does not collect this information as it is not required for electoral purposes.

(c) This is not something the ERO makes available or currently holds (as electors can now re-register by phone or e-mail).


Details for 1997/98 to 2003/04 have not been provided as these years pre-date Jacqui Smith's liability at this address.

The amount of council tax paid in respect of this property since 28 May 2004 to date is:

28 May 2004 to 31 March 2005 £1,225.80

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006 £1,508.47

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2007 £1,578.82

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2008 £1,655.20

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2009 £1,727.86

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2010 £1,788.10


Payments have been made by the residents of the property, not a third party.


The council tax band that [… Road] was placed in by the Valuation Office Agency was Band E.

7 May 2009

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