Joan McAlpine MSP for South Scotland has welcomed new figures showing that 13250 in Dumfries and Galloway benefitted from the SNP Government’s Council Tax Reduction scheme in March 2019.


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


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