Martin Lewis is often celebrated helping people make huge savings when it comes to their outgoings.

And the money saving expert has been praised again for doing just that.

A resident living in Hull claims he recently realised he's paid 'too much' council tax for 30 years thanks to Martin Lewis' TV show.

Inglemire Lane resident David Parker, 73, believes the council has wrongly claimed thousands of pounds in council tax from himself and his neighbours after claiming they are all in the wrong council tax band for 30 years.

He said he realised after Martin advised his viewers to check that they were in the correct council tax bands.

After doing some research, Mr Parker said discovered he had been paying the rate of a council tax C home since 1992.

However, he said the price of his home falls within the council tax B bracket.

Talking to Hull Live, Mr Parker explained: "The houses behind me are all in council tax band B.

"They are exactly the same houses as mine – built at the same time, using the same bricks, the same speculation, everything – but I am band C.

“I went on the site and it says it's all to do with how much your house was worth in 1991."

He continued: "I bought this house in 1988 for £37,000 and I cannot believe that in all these years it went from £37,000 to £57,000.

"I just cannot believe that, so I checked it all. In 1995, the house next door to me sold for £44,000 which still put it in into band B, so I can’t see where they are getting the logic that my house is worth £57,000 in 1991."

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) bases the band of a property based on it's value in 1991.

The government website states that homes valued from £40,001 to £52,000 in 1991 are band B, whereas homes valued from £52,001 to £68,000 in 1991 are band C.

Mr Parker says some of the houses surrounding him, which have since added extensions to their houses, are band B – which has left him annoyed.

He added: "I went to the VOA and gave all the evidence that I had including where the houses were and how some of the houses behind me have massive extensions.

"The one next door has got two double bedrooms in the attic and it’s still on band B.

"The house directly behind me is exactly the same but he's got an extension where he's got an extra bedroom and an extra room downstairs and he is paying C – but everyone else is B.

"Then I got a letter back from the VOA saying that they had done a review but that said Inglemire Lane is a very long lane and we’re all band C and the houses that I was referring to are nowhere in my vicinity, but looking at them they are right at the back of me.

"The VOA said we are satisfied that you should be C and you cannot contest this decision."

Mr Parker said he's even asked his local MP Diana Johnson to look into the issue, however the VOA told him that he was in band C and that the decision could not be appealed.

He has been left fuming over the decision saying he things the VOA are "totally wrong".

Mr Parker said if he is band B and has been since 1992, then he's paid the VOA thousands over the odds and "so has everyone else on Inglemire Lane".

A VOA spokesperson said: “We cannot comment on individual cases. Council tax bands are based on a property's value as of April 1991, and this varies according to several factors including a property’s size, character and location.

"Small differences can result in properties being placed in different bands.

“Taxpayers can request a review of their band if they believe it’s incorrect and can provide specific evidence to support their case.

"More guidance can be found online."

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The council has made clear that they collect the tax dependant on the banding set by the VOA.

A spokesperson for Hull City Council said: “Council Tax is charged and collected by local authorities based on property bandings set by the Valuation Office Agency, not local councils, which is a national Executive Agency sponsored by HM Revenue and Customs.

"Consequently, the charge in this case is based on the banding provided to Hull City Council by the VOA and we understand it has been challenged twice with them directly and been found to be correct.

“Bill payers can challenge their Council Tax banding and further information on how to do this can be found on the Gov.uk website.

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