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Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, 2016-17

Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, 2016-17

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ISBN: 9781788510400

The publication provides statistics on the Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme, which reduces the Council Tax liability of low income households in Scotland.

Executive Summary

Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, 2016-17

Council Tax Reduction (CTR) statistics show that there were 491,760 CTR recipients in Scotland in March 2017; that's around one-fifth of chargeable dwellings. The total number of CTR recipients in Scotland has gradually decreased by 11 per cent between the beginning of the scheme in Scotland in April 2013, and March 2017.

The total weekly income foregone by local authorities on CTR in March 2017 was £6.3 million; the provisional income foregone on CTR in Scotland in 2016-17 was £321.6 million.

Of all CTR recipients in March 2017:

• 50 per cent were in one of the 30 per cent most deprived areas in Scotland;

• 38 per cent were aged 65 or over; and

• 16 per cent were lone parents.