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Help Available to Pay Council Tax Bills During Cost of Living Crisis  

Cash deposits and withdrawals at Post Offices top £3bn in a month for first time

People in Highland Perthshire who are struggling to pay their council tax bills during the cost of living crisis are being encouraged to check if they are eligible for money off their bill.

The Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme is unique to Scotland and helps people on low income save an average of £750 a year on their council tax bill, with those eligible also able to save up to 35% on their water and waste charges.

Public Finance Minister Tom Arthur spoke about the support saying: “We know that this cost of living crisis is hammering people on lower incomes and those already living in poverty. It is vital that people know where to go to get advice and support.

“The Council Tax Reduction scheme will celebrate its tenth anniversary in April and Scottish households have saved more than £3 billion on their council tax since it was introduced. The support it provides has never been more important and I urge people to check whether they are eligible.”

The CTR scheme assesses a household’s income, capital and circumstances meaning it is open to all including those who are not in receipt of benefits. Latest figures published by the Scottish Government show 455,220 recipients received CTR in November last year, equating to around one in five households benefiting from the scheme.

Eligibility for the scheme can be checked through www.mygov.scot or by contacting local council offices. Details on other help available including extra financial support or help with things like food heating and electricity can be found on the Scottish Governments cost of living support website https://costofliving.campaign.gov.scot/

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