MSP’S coun­cil tax ad­vice

Hamilton Advertiser - - INTIMATIONS - Ste­fanie Mccourt

Cen­tral Scot­land MSP Mon­ica Len­non is urg­ing low earn­ers to claim coun­cil tax ex­emp­tion.

Free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quests have revealed that just 26 house­holds in South La­nark­shire have been awarded the new ben­e­fit, which was in­tro­duced in April 2017. Across Scot­land, fewer than 2000 house­holds out of a po­ten­tial 54,000 claimed the sup­port.

The scheme was in­tro­duced to pro­tect low in­come house­holds be­ing hit by changes to coun­cil tax band changes, and was de­signed to ex­empt some house­holds from coun­cil tax in­creases.

Ms Len­non said: “Over 50,000 house­holds across Scot­land were meant to ben­e­fit from this ex­emp­tion from higher coun­cil tax charges, but in­stead only 26 in South La­nark­shire ac­tu­ally are. Strug­gling fam­i­lies and pen­sion­ers are miss­ing out on key sup­port.”

An SNP spokesper­son said: “Over the past few years the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has in­vested more than £1 bil­lion through the Coun­cil Tax Re­duc­tion Scheme, help­ing more than 500,000.”

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