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Council tax cut supports over 450,000 households

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An official statistical publication for Scotland.

The Scottish Chief Statistician today released the Council’s latest annual tax cut statistics. In March 2022, the Scottish Council’s tax cut scheme supported 462,670 households (compared to 496,580 in March 2021) and the total weekly income foregone by local authorities was £6.829 million (compared to £7.328 million sterling in March 2021).

The total number of CTR recipients in Scotland has fallen over the period 2021-2022, the largest decline of 1.7% seen in January 2022 compared to the previous month. February 2022 saw the lowest level of CTR recipients ever, with a marginal increase to 462,670 in March 2022, which interrupts the downward trend seen over the previous nine months, but still means that the number of recipients of the CTR is close to a historic low. The dwindling workforce is likely due to the recovery in economic and employment conditions after the pandemic.

The total number of Council Tax Reduction recipients in Scotland is now 16% lower (89,710 recipients) in March 2022 than at the start of the program (April 2013).

The agreement reached with the local authorities to freeze the council tax in 2021-22 and the reduction in the beneficiaries of the CTR are also reflected in the reduction in lost income.

Background

The Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme reduces the council tax liability of low-income households in Scotland. The publication is available here.

The publication contains figures on the beneficiaries of municipal tax cuts and the revenue lost by local authorities; and further analysis relating to age, gender, marital status, workload deprivation, and weekly CTR allocation. This publication therefore covers the period during which the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic was ongoing and refers to previously published annual statistics from March 2021 for comparison purposes.

The information published is used by the Scottish Government, interested bodies and the general public to monitor the number of people receiving tax relief and the amounts spent on the scheme. The numbers are used to help allocate funds for future years.

Tables showing the beneficiaries of municipal tax cuts and the revenue lost in each local authority are published monthly. This news release provides the annual compendium and complements the monthly news release for the data period up to March 2022 published on May 24, 2022.

Further information on the Council’s tax cut statistics, including previous publications, can be found here.

Official statistics are produced by independent professional statisticians. More information on official statistics standards in Scotland can be found here.