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S5W-06258: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the maximum weekly financial effect was on families of regulation 5 in the Council Tax Reduction (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 31 January 2017

The 20% earnings taper within the Council Tax Reduction Scheme means the maximum weekly financial effect was £3.49, although Regulation 2 of the same Scottish Statutory Instrument ensures pre-existing Council Tax Reduction awards that include the family premium have that entitlement preserved.

New applicants in receipt of a “passporting” benefit that qualifies them for the maximum Council Tax Reduction -around 70% of the present caseload - will continue to be entitled to a full reduction of their Council Tax liability.

Our package of reforms will increase the Child Premium within the applicable amount of the Council Tax Reduction scheme by £16.73 per week for each child from April 2017. This is worth up to £6.69 per week for a family with two children.