Date lodged: 6 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to increase the take-up of the council tax reduction low income household exemption to support people, in light of council tax band changes.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 14 March 2018
Local authorities promoted the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, including the extension to the Scheme, when council tax bills issued last year. In addition the Scottish Government ran a nationwide campaign in October 2017 to encourage older people to contact Citizens Advice Scotland and take up benefits and reductions to help maximise their income. We are exploring possible further work to promote the Council Tax Reduction Scheme in the future.