Date lodged: 2 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5O-00622 by Jeanne Freeman on 1 February 2017, whether the Financial Health Check Service will assist low-income pensioner households to ensure that they claim council tax reduction.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 2 March 2017
In the Fairer Scotland Action Plan, Scottish Government committed to helping older people claim the financial support they are entitled to, as we know that if every person eligible for Pension Credit and Council Tax Reduction received their entitlement, this would help lower poverty levels among older people.
We will work with partners to develop a Financial Health Check, ensuring that advice on income maximisation for older people makes reference to their entitlements, including Council Tax Reduction where applicable. We will also explore with partners whether more needs to be done to raise awareness of entitlements for older people.