Call for low to claim coun­cil tax break

Ayrshire Post - - Memory Lane - Stu­art Wil­son

Low in­come earn­ers have been urged to claim coun­cil tax ex­emp­tion in South Ayr­shire.

It fol­lows the re­lease of new fig­ures which show only 2000 peo­ple across Scot­land have been awarded the new ben­e­fit.

And coun­cils across Ayr­shire have so far been un­able to say how many peo­ple have qual­i­fied.

Up to a third of those es­ti­mated to be el­i­gi­ble for the re­duc­tion are pen­sion­ers.

South Scot­land MSP, Colin Smyth, said: “Over 50,000 house­holds across Scot­land were meant to ben­e­fit from this ex­emp­tion from higher coun­cil tax charges, in­clud­ing across Ayr­shire, but so far take up has been poor and the lo­cal coun­cils in Ayr­shire can’t say how many peo­ple from the area re­ceive the new ben­e­fit.

“This makes it even more dif­fi­cult to as­sess the ef­fec­tive­ness of pro­mot­ing take- up but it’s pretty clear from the re­sponse across Scot­land that the num­ber in Ayr­shire is likely to be small when it should be in the hun­dreds if not thou­sands.

“Strug­gling fam­i­lies and pen­sion­ers in our re­gion are clearly miss­ing out on key sup­port and fac­ing higher Coun­cil Tax bills as a re­sult.”

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