Call for low to claim council tax break
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.”