SNP’s tax scheme helping low income households, party says

The SNP’s Council Tax Reduction scheme is helping to support 14,000 low income households in Dumfries & Galloway which are paying the price of Westminster’s welfare cuts, claimed the party this week.

New figures for the past year also show that over 200,000 pensioners across Scotland, 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 a reduction of £12.76 per week to their Council Tax bills.

South Scotland MSP Aileen McLeod said: “The Council Tax Reduction scheme has been absolutely vital to thousands of low income households across Dumfries and Galloway who would otherwise have faced higher bills when Westminster abolished Council Tax Benefit.

“It is one of the clearest examples of the SNP Government’s determination to do everything possible to mitigate the worst effects of Westminster’s welfare cuts and 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 so that we can make Scotland a fairer, more prosperous country.”