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Fewer households receiving Council Tax reduction

13 Jun 2019

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has voiced concerns that more than 7,000 fewer households in Scotland received a Council Tax reduction in the past year.

Figures released by the Scottish Government today show that 7,110 fewer households are claiming the reduction compared to March 2018, and almost 75,000 fewer households are claiming it compared to April 2013 when the new scheme was introduced.

The reduction is worth on average around £700 per household.

In May this year Citizens Advice Scotland launched a new tool to help people check if they are eligible for a Council Tax reduction at www.checkmycounciltax.scot.    

Citizens Advice Scotland Financial Health Spokesperson Myles Fitt said:

“Recent evidence that shows there is a strong lack of public awareness around eligibility for the Council Tax reduction scheme. It’s therefore  worrying that fewer households received reductions from their Council Tax bill last year, as the average amount people could be missing out on is £700 per year. 

“Our network helps and advocates hundreds of thousands of people each year and we frequently see cases around Council Tax debt and people struggling with the cost of living generally. 

“We want to put money back in people’s pockets, which is why recently launched an online Council Tax tool can help people get the exemptions, discounts and reductions that they are entitled to at www.checkmycounciltax.scot      

“Alternatively, people can call our financial health check team on 0800 085 7145 or visit their local bureau for help, which they can find at in www.cas.org.uk/bureaux

ENDS

 

NOTES TO EDITORS 

Figures published today show a drop of 7,110 between March 2018 and March 2019

Households claiming council tax   reduction

Change year-on-year (%age)

April 2013 (outset)

552,380

Mar-14

543,220

-1.7%

Mar-15

525,640

-3.2%

Mar-16

504,980

-3.9%

Mar-17

491,760

-2.6%

Mar-18

484,910

-1.4%

Mar-19

477,800

-1.5%

Whole period (change)

-74,580

-13.5%

 

Source: Data available here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/council-tax-reduction-scotland-annual-report-2018-19/

 

 

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