Concern over unclaimed Council Tax reduction
Written by centralfmnews on September 11, 2019
There are concerns people in the Forth Valley aren’t claiming Council Tax Reduction they’re entitled to.
Figures show over 9,000 fewer households were claiming in June this year, compared to the same period 12 months ago.
It’s worth around £700 on average.
The number of people claiming the reduction has declined in Scotland every year since it was first introduced in 2013.
"It’s very worrying that so many people are not claiming reductions from their Council Tax bill. The average amount people could be missing out on is £700 per year."
— Citizens Advice Scot (@CitAdviceScot) September 10, 2019
Citizens Advice Scotland Financial Health Spokesperson Myles Fitt said, “It’s very worrying that so many people are not claiming reductions from their Council Tax bill.
“The average amount people could be missing out on is £700 per year – that could be a lifeline for many families.
“The Citizens Advice network in Scotland helps and advocates for hundreds of thousands of people each year and we frequently see cases around Council Tax debt and people struggling with the cost of living generally.
“It’s clear that many people just don’t know about this reduction – which many households are entitled to.
“We want to put money back in people’s pockets, which is why recently launched an online Council Tax tool can help people get all the exemptions, discounts and reductions that they are entitled to.
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