The scheme helps provides financial support to low income households, saved families in Dumfries and Galloway an estimated £166.7 a week in March.
Between 2013/14 and the end of 2018/19 the SNP Government invested over £1.4 billion into the Council Tax Reduction Scheme – recently extending the scheme to include higher band households who fall below average earnings up to a maximum of £25,000 net income.
The move has helped support an extra 54,000 households in Scotland – a third of them pensioner households.
Commenting, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said:
“In the face of huge cuts from the UK Tory government, the SNP has managed to help almost half a million households every year with their council tax bill.
“Just under 80% of those households are totally exempt from council tax thanks to the scheme.
“In March alone, the Council Tax Reduction scheme has helped 13250 households in Dumfries and Galloway – saving local families an estimated £166.70 a week in March.
“I would encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible for a reduction in their council tax to get in touch with their local Citizen’s Advice Bureau for advice.”
Citizens Advice Dumfries: 0300 303 4321