Help available to pay Council Tax

People struggling to pay their council tax during the cost of living crisis are being encouraged to check if they are eligible for money off their bills.

Mark Dowie
Monday, 30th January 2023, 7:00am
Help available to pay Council Tax

The Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme is unique to Scotland and helps people on low incomes save an average of £750 a year on their council tax bill. Those eligible can also save up to 35% on their water and waste charges.

The latest figures published by the Scottish Government show there were 455,220 recipients in November 2022, meaning around one-in-five households were benefitting from the scheme.

Public Finance Minister Tom Arthur said: “We know that this cost of living crisis is hammering people on lower incomes and those already living in poverty. It is vital that people know where to go to get advice and support.

“The Council Tax Reduction scheme will celebrate its tenth anniversary in April and Scottish households have saved more than £3 billion on their council tax since it was introduced.

"The support it provides has never been more important and I urge people to check whether they are eligible.

“Information can be obtained from your local Citizens Advice Bureau, local councils and the Money Talk Team service promoted by the Scottish Government, as well as online.”

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