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Council Tax Reduction for over half a million Scots

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

In September 2014, Scotland’s Council Tax Reduction scheme supported 533,980 people with a total of £6.8 million per week being awarded in Council Tax Reduction throughout Scotland.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released the latest estimates of Council Tax Reduction caseload and expenditure. The statistics show a gradual decrease in the number of people in receipt of Council Tax Reduction since the scheme was introduced in Scotland in April 2013. The number of recipients decreased by 3.3 per cent between April 2013 and September 2014, while estimated weekly expenditure decreased by 3.9 per cent.

Notes To Editors

The full statistical publication is available at 

This publication contains figures on Council Tax Reduction caseload and expenditure covering the time period from July 2014 to September 2014. Local authority breakdowns and commentary are also included. Statistics for each month from April 2013 are available at:

The information published is used by The Scottish Government, COSLA and local authorities to monitor the number of people receiving Council Tax Reduction and the amounts being spent on the scheme. The figures are used to help allocate funding for future years.

Tables showing Council Tax Reduction caseload and expenditure figures for each local authority will be published for each quarter in 2014-15. An annual compendium publication will cover the period from April 2014 to March 2015 and will include detailed information on Council Tax Reduction recipients and their characteristics. 

Further information on Council Tax Reduction statistics, including previous publications can be accessed at:

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:


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