MacDonald Welcomes News That Council Tax Reduction Scheme is Supporting Over 500,000 Low-income Households
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:08
The SNP’s Council Tax Reduction scheme is helping to support 530,000 low income households that are paying the price of Westminster’s welfare cuts.
New figures for the last year show that over 200,000 pensioners who would otherwise have seen bills rise have been protected as part of the scheme.
When the Westminster Government abolished Council Tax Benefit in 2013, the Scottish Government and local authorities stepped in to replace it with the Council Tax Reduction scheme. On average those benefiting from the scheme receive an average reduction of £12.76 per week to their Council Tax bills.
Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“The Council Tax Reduction scheme has been absolutely vital to hundreds of thousands of low income households in Scotland who would otherwise have faced higher bills when Westminster abolished Council Tax Benefit.
“It is one of the clearest examples possible of the SNP Government’s determination to do everything possible to mitigate the worst effects of Westminster’s welfare cuts.
“It shows just why it is so important that Scotland gains responsibility for tax and welfare issues that go well beyond what has been put forward to date.
“In Falkirk district, nearly 15,000 households have benefitted from the scheme.
“While Westminster is determined to hammer the poorest in society, the SNP will continue to do what we can to make Scotland a fairer, more prosperous country.”