5. CTR impact on Council Tax income
In Scotland in 2019-20, the total gross Council Tax charged, before CTR, was £2.895 billion and the provisional income forgone due to CTR was £336.4 million. This means that in total CTR accounted for 11.6 per cent of total gross Council Tax. This is notably lower than the one-fifth of chargeable dwellings in receipt of CTR quoted in Section 4 due to two main factors. Firstly, just over a fifth of households receive partial CTR as discussed in Section 2.5. Secondly, as described in Section 4, the distribution of CTR recipients is heavily skewed towards the lower Council Tax bands with lower annual liability, and so lower CTR awards.
Information on the total value of all reductions under the CTR scheme is collected via two Scottish Government data collections:
- Council Tax Receipts Return (CTRR)
Issued before local authorities accounts' are audited and so collects provisional, unaudited values for the total reductions under CTR.
- Local Financial Returns (LFR)
Issued after local authorities accounts' are audited and so collects final, audited values for the total reductions under CTR.
Table 4 shows the total value of reductions for each year between 2013-14 and 2019-20 by local authority. The 2013-14 to 2018-19 figures have been the subject of audit. The 2019-20 figures are provisional. These figures represent a decrease of 6 per cent in the total value of reductions in Scotland between 2013-14 and 2019-20.
Most local authorities have seen a decrease in the total value of reductions due to CTR between 2013-14 and 2019-20. The largest percentage decreases were seen in Na h-Eileanan Siar (-16 per cent), West Dunbartonshire (-14 per cent) and City of Edinburgh
(-11 per cent). Details of the changes in income forgone are available on the Recipients and Income Forgone tables published with this report.
|2013-14 a||2014-15 a||2015-16 a||2016-17 a||2017-18 a||2018-19 a||2019-20 b|
|Argyll and Bute||5.8||5.6||5.3||5.1||5.2||5.3||5.3|
|City of Edinburgh||27.7||26.5||24.9||23.8||24.7||24.7||24.6|
|Dumfries and Galloway||8.9||8.6||8.3||8.1||8.4||8.5||8.8|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||1.6||1.5||1.4||1.3||1.3||1.3||1.3|
|Perth and Kinross||6.9||6.5||6.3||6.2||6.2||6.2||6.2|
a Final audited figures, published in Scottish Local Government Financial Statistics and available at: https://www.gov.scot/collections/local-government-finance-statistics/
b These are provisional figures which are derived from information supplied by local authorities to Scottish Government on the statistical return Council Tax Collection Return, Quarter 4 2019-20 (CTRR).