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.