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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-15074: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the backdate period for older people claiming council tax reduction is three months.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 14 March 2018

Although the Council Tax Reduction Scheme is not a benefit, the entitlement criteria broadly replicate those for Council Tax Benefit prior to its abolition. This contributes to the fulfilment of the policy objective of ensuring nobody is worse off as a consequence of the UK Government's abolition of Council Tax Benefit in 2013.