The council tax system was first launched in 1991 because the Government needed every property in the land to be put in a valuation band. Primarily, because the time was short people looked to estate agents to help them valuate their homes known as “second-hear valuations”. After many years passed there were still no accurate valuations done on homes in England and Scotland whereas the Welsh government reassessed all the home. This caused problems because people on in the same types of properties ended up paying either much more or less than their neighbours.
The council tax cashback systems in 2017 it hit the headlines of national papers. The Government’s Valuation Office Agency website, which is a key part of the technique, crashed for a week under the traffic. It is projected that over three million people have now tried this system, and the successes have been colossal. In 2008 the Conservative Party said it believed 400,000 homes were in the wrong bands and in May 2009 the Telegraph suggested over 130,000 had had their band lowered.