Council tax reduction for nearly half a million Scots

Scotland’s chief statistician has released the latest Council Tax Reduction (CTR) statistics which reveal that in September, Scotland’s CTR scheme supported 471,790 households.

The data has also revealed that the total weekly income forgone by local authorities was £6.57 million.

The total number of CTR recipients in September 2019 was 14.6% less (80,590 recipients) than it was at the beginning of the scheme in April 2013. Generally, the decline in the number of recipients has been gradual over this period.

However, increases and reform to Council Tax and CTR in April 2017 and further increases in Council Tax in April 2018 and April 2019 has resulted in additional increases in income forgone.

The agreement between the Scottish Government and local government for locally determined Council Tax increases to be capped at 4.79% in 2019-20 reflects the increase in weekly income forgone since April 2019.

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