Funding of local government in Scotland: 2022 to 2023

Process overview of the funding of local government 2022 to 2023.

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How did we estimate how much Council Tax each council would receive?

The Scottish Government then estimated how much it would assume each council might raise from Council Tax.

Councils collect Council Tax based on an historical valuation of houses, with houses placed into one of eight bands, A to H. The number of houses in each band determines how much each council can raise.

In 2021-22, Council Tax for a Band D property in different councils varied between £1,193 and £1,409. But, to calculate how much we assume they will raise, we assume that they all charge the same amount; for 2022-23 this was £913. This means that they all raise more income than we assume. We also assumed that there would be an increase in the total number of houses. We did not assume any Council Tax rise in 2022-23.

Revenue raised from Council Tax in 2019-20 - £2.5 billion

Assumed income from Council Tax, billions (the actual amount raised is higher)

Bar chart of assumed income from Council Tax

All councils set higher Council Tax rates than those assumed in our calculations. They can spend the extra on providing services.

Council Tax rates were frozen between 2008-09 and 2016-17, and again for 2021-22.

Councils may increase their rates this year.



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