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Council tax

Council Tax changes in 2017/18

Important information about Council Tax changes in 2017/18.

The Scottish Government introduced legislation to change Council Tax and this will come into force from April 2017.

Council Tax is applied across a range of bands from A to H, with all bands having a relationship with band D, known as the multiplier.

The forthcoming changes are in relation to the Council Tax multipliers for properties in Bands E to H from 1 April 2017.

In addition to these changes to Bands E to H, local Council's have also been given the flexibility to raise Council Tax by up to a further 3 per cent. Any decision as to whether the Council does this will be taken in February, as part of our 2017/18 budget setting process.

The table below shows the current charges for Band E to H and the new charges that will be applied from 1 April to give you an indication of the change following the new multiplier increases for Bands E to H. However, please note this does not include any additional increases, of up to 3%, that may be set by the Council in February.

Separately, Scottish Water is increasing their charges for water and wastewater by 1.6%.

The final Council Tax charges applicable from 1 April will be set when the Council approves the 2017/18 Budget.

Band

Current multiplier

Revised multiplier from 1 April 2017

*2016/17 Council Tax (Current)

*2016/17 Council Tax (with new multipliers applied)

 

Percentage change

E

11/9

473/360

£1,376.22

£1,479.44

7.5%

F

13/9

585/360

£1,626.44

£1,829.75

12.5%

G

15/9

705/360

£1,876.67

£2,205.08

17.5%

H

18/9

882/360

£2,252.00

£2,758.70

22.5%

*Please note these figures do not include Scottish Water charges for water and wastewater.

Low income household assistance

Council Tax reduction is available to assist residents whose personal circumstances include unemployment, disability, low pay and inability to work because of disability or caring commitments. The Scottish Government have introduced changes to the Council Tax reduction scheme for those households in bands E-H who have low income (not more than £25,000 annually or £16,750 for a single person with no dependent children) and have less than £16,000 in savings which would negate the effect of the increase caused by the new multiplier.

You should note that even if you do not currently qualify for Council Tax reduction, under the new rules you may be entitled to assistance.

Where possible, completed application forms will be processed by the Council in time to be included in the 2017/18 annual demand notice; otherwise a replacement notice will be issued at the earliest opportunity.

If you are a low income household and already in receipt of Council Tax Reduction then you do not need to re-apply; the 2017/18 Council Tax annual demand notice will include any reduction you are entitled to.

Other support available

If you are having difficulty paying your Council Tax the Council is here to help. We may be able to offer you slightly lower payments over a longer period of time, or enter into a repayment arrangement if you already have arrears of Council tax.

Council Tax Demand Notices

2017/18 Council Tax Demand notices will be issued around mid-March 2017 and include the Scottish Government multiplier changes, the Council Tax set by the Council and any entitlement to council tax reduction and Scottish Water charges.


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