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Council tax collection statistics: 2016-2017

Council tax collection rates for each local authority for billing year 2016 to 2017 and all previous years.

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3. Further context around Council Tax

Chart 4: Council Tax Potential Yield (£ millions), 2015-16

Chart 4: Council Tax Potential Yield (£ millions), 2015-16

Source: Scottish Local Government Financial Statistics 2015-16, http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/02/1688

Each Council Tax bill is calculated by applying the appropriate band rate for the local authority, then applying any discounts, exemptions and reductions. Chart 4 illustrates the breakdown of the gross Council Tax potential yield into Council Tax billed and the amounts not billed due to Council Tax Reduction ( CTR), discounts and exemptions. This publication is concerned with the Council Tax billed each year, which is currently approximately £2.1 billion.

Table 6: Local Authority Revenue Funding, 2015-16

Income Source Funding (£000s) Proportion
General Revenue Funding 7,146,854 59.5%
Non-Domestic Rates 2,791,322 23.3%
Council Tax 2,054,823 17.1%
Other Sources 9,727 0.1%
Total Funding 12,002,726 100.0%

Source: Scottish Local Government Financial Statistics 2015-16, http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/02/1688

In 2015-16, the latest audited figures, Council Tax income (for all billing years) amounted to £2.055 billion. This accounted for 17.1%, just over one-sixth, of total local authority revenue funding (£12.003 billion).

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