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Council tax reduction in Scotland: April to June 2018

Published: 4 Sep 2018

This quarterly report provides the number of recipients and the amount of Council Tax forgone through Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme.

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Council tax reduction in Scotland: April to June 2018
Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, April to June 2018

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Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, April to June 2018

This publication provides statistics on the Council Tax Reduction ( CTR) scheme, which reduces the Council Tax liability of low income households in Scotland. A CTR ‘recipient’ can be a single person or a couple, with or without children, since Council Tax is charged on a per-dwelling basis, rather than to individuals.

The statistics are based on data extracts from local authorities, and cover the time period April to June 2018.

Key Points

  • There were 481,850 Council Tax Reduction recipients in Scotland in June 2018.
  • The total weekly income foregone by local authorities on Council Tax Reduction in June 2018 was £6.5 million.

The total number of Council Tax Reduction recipients in Scotland was 12.8 per cent (70,530 recipients) lower in June 2018 than it was at the beginning of the scheme in April 2013. In general, this fall has been gradual, punctuated by small rises each January to March.

Chart 1: CTR recipients in Scotland, April 2013 to June 2018

Chart 1: CTR recipients in Scotland, April 2013 to June 2018

The number of recipients for each local authority in April to June 2018 is shown in Table 1.

Table 1: CTR Recipients by Local Authority, April to June 2018 [1, 2]

  Apr-18 May-18 Jun-18
SCOTLAND 481,490 481,870 481,850
Aberdeen City 13,980 14,100 14,100
Aberdeenshire 11,500 11,500 11,440
Angus 8,750 8,840 8,790
Argyll and Bute 6,710 6,690 6,810
Clackmannanshire 5,090 5,110 5,000
Dumfries and Galloway 13,090 13,210 13,240
Dundee City 18,070 17,940 17,940
East Ayrshire 12,980 13,050 13,120
East Dunbartonshire 5,370 5,390 5,320
East Lothian 6,890 7,170 6,920
East Renfrewshire 4,480 4,470 4,490
Edinburgh, City of 34,110 33,940 33,910
Eilean Siar 2,230 2,230 2,220
Falkirk 13,330 13,330 13,240
Fife 31,750 31,850 31,690
Glasgow City 88,290 88,450 88,850
Highland 17,430 17,460 17,420
Inverclyde 9,880 9,820 9,810
Midlothian 6,530 6,540 6,510
Moray 5,830 5,830 5,820
North Ayrshire 17,100 16,900 17,000
North Lanarkshire 36,290 36,080 36,320
Orkney Islands 1,200 1,210 1,200
Perth and Kinross 8,770 8,830 8,790
Renfrewshire 18,170 18,090 18,180
Scottish Borders 8,380 8,440 8,420
Shetland Islands 1,030 1,030 1,040
South Ayrshire 11,190 11,190 11,130
South Lanarkshire 30,600 30,600 30,490
Stirling 5,550 5,540 5,560
West Dunbartonshire 12,180 12,280 12,300
West Lothian 14,770 14,800 14,830

Notes:
1 Recipients are as at monthly count date. See Methodology Notes, Section 2 for more details. Available at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Local-Government-Finance/Methodology/Ctaxreductionmethod
2 Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Components may not sum to total due to rounding.

Figure 1 shows CTR recipients by local authority for June 2018 in a pareto chart using the data from Table 1. This allows a visual comparison of the number of recipients in each local authority. The five local authorities with the highest numbers of CTR recipients accounted for almost half (46 per cent) of the total for Scotland in June 2018. Glasgow City accounted for the highest proportion of Scotland’s CTR recipients, with over 18 per cent (88,850) of the total. The other four councils with the highest proportion of CTR recipients were North Lanarkshire, accounting for 7.5 per cent (36,320 recipients); Edinburgh City and Fife, had 7 per cent (33,910 and 31,690 recipients respectively); and South Lanarkshire, 6 per cent each ( 30,490 recipients).

Figure 1: CTR recipients by Local Authority, June 2018.

Figure 1: CTR recipients by Local Authority, June 2018.

The total weekly income foregone for each local authority in April, May and June 2018 is shown in Table 2. The total for Scotland was £6.5 million in June 2018;

  Apr-18 May-18 Jun-18
SCOTLAND 6,522.9 6,530.5 6,529.8
Aberdeen City 193.3 195.0 195.1
Aberdeenshire 155.9 156.0 155.1
Angus 104.8 105.6 105.2
Argyll and Bute 102.2 101.7 103.2
Clackmannanshire 66.4 66.5 65.4
Dumfries and Galloway 166.3 167.8 168.3
Dundee City 237.8 236.9 236.8
East Ayrshire 171.3 171.9 172.6
East Dunbartonshire 85.6 86.0 85.0
East Lothian 96.4 99.3 96.6
East Renfrewshire 71.3 71.1 71.5
Edinburgh, City of 491.3 489.7 489.4
Eilean Siar 26.3 26.3 26.3
Falkirk 159.2 159.2 158.0
Fife 404.6 405.7 404.0
Glasgow City 1,312.9 1,314.7 1,320.4
Highland 241.5 241.9 240.7
Inverclyde 127.0 126.2 125.8
Midlothian 97.8 97.6 97.1
Moray 75.4 75.4 75.1
North Ayrshire 220.3 222.2 223.7
North Lanarkshire 442.4 439.4 441.8
Orkney Islands 14.8 14.9 14.7
Perth and Kinross 123.6 124.4 123.7
Renfrewshire 244.1 243.4 244.3
Scottish Borders 103.2 103.6 103.6
Shetland Islands 12.6 12.6 12.8
South Ayrshire 161.1 160.9 160.0
South Lanarkshire 382.6 381.8 379.9
Stirling 78.1 77.9 78.3
West Dunbartonshire 168.0 169.6 169.9
West Lothian 185.1 185.3 185.6

Notes:
1 Recipients are as at monthly count date. See Methodology Notes, Section 2 for more details. Available at
http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Local-Government-Finance/Methodology/Ctaxreductionmethod
2 Weekly income foregone estimates are based on ‘number of recipients multiplied by average weekly reduction’ for each local authority and benefit type for the given month.
3 Figures are rounded to the nearest £100. Components may not sum to total due to rounding.


Contact

Email: Robin Bennie@gov.scot