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Publication - Statistics Publication

Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, April to June 2016

Published: 31 Aug 2016
Part of:
Public sector, Statistics
ISBN:
9781786524140

Number of recipients and weekly income foregone by local authorities for the Council Tax Reduction scheme in Scotland for April to June 2016.

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Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, April to June 2016
Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, April to June 2016

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Council Tax Reduction in Scotland, April to June 2016

This publication provides statistics on the Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme, which reduces the Council Tax liability of low income households in Scotland. A CTR 'recipient' can be a single person or a couple, with or without children, since Council Tax is charged on a per-dwelling basis, rather than to individuals.

The statistics are based on data extracts from local authorities, and cover the time period April to June 2016.

 

Key Points

  • There were 498,750 Council Tax Reduction recipients in Scotland in June 2016.

 

  • The total weekly income foregone by local authorities on Council Tax Reduction in June 2016 was £6.3 million.

 

  • The total number of Council Tax Reduction recipients in Scotland has gradually decreased by 9.7 per cent (53,630 recipients) between the beginning of the scheme in Scotland in April 2013, and June 2016.

 

Chart 1: CTR recipients in Scotland, April 2013 to June 2016

Chart 1: CTR recipients in Scotland, April 2013 to June 2016

 

The number of recipients for each local authority in April, May and June 2016 is shown in Table 1. The total number of recipients in Scotland decreased from 504,980 in March 2016 to 498,750 in June 2016. This is similar to the pattern seen in the same months in previous years.

Table 1: CTR Recipients by Local Authority, April to June 2016 1, 2

  Apr-16 May-16 Jun-16
SCOTLAND 501,180 500,350 498,750
Aberdeen City 13,600 13,700 13,810
Aberdeenshire 11,470 11,550 11,440
Angus 8,890 8,900 8,900
Argyll and Bute 7,150 7,110 7,070
Clackmannanshire 5,440 5,430 5,400
Dumfries and Galloway 13,530 13,640 13,490
Dundee City 18,490 18,420 18,540
East Ayrshire 14,110 14,140 14,020
East Dunbartonshire 5,700 5,650 5,590
East Lothian 7,440 7,360 7,220
East Renfrewshire 4,720 4,700 4,710
Edinburgh, City of 36,010 36,020 35,930
Eilean Siar 2,460 2,450 2,430
Falkirk 13,960 13,880 13,840
Fife 32,370 32,210 32,150
Glasgow City 92,420 92,440 92,330
Highland 17,420 17,400 17,310
Inverclyde 10,010 10,010 10,010
Midlothian 6,930 6,900 6,850
Moray 5,970 5,960 5,950
North Ayrshire 17,670 17,610 17,570
North Lanarkshire 38,410 38,120 37,910
Orkney Islands 1,260 1,260 1,250
Perth and Kinross 9,390 9,340 9,320
Renfrewshire 18,930 18,890 18,790
Scottish Borders 8,950 8,910 8,820
Shetland Islands 1,070 1,060 1,070
South Ayrshire 11,470 11,450 11,370
South Lanarkshire 31,670 31,520 31,490
Stirling 5,950 5,910 5,880
West Dunbartonshire 12,870 12,900 12,850
West Lothian 15,450 15,520 15,440

Notes:
1 Recipients are as at monthly count date. See Methodology Notes, Section 2 for more details. Available at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Local-Government-Finance/Methodology/Ctaxreductionmethod

2 Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Components may not sum to total due to rounding.

 

Figure 1 shows CTR recipients by local authority for June 2016 in a treemap, using the data from Table 1. This allows a visual comparison of the number of recipients in each local authority. The five local authorities with the highest numbers of CTR recipients accounted for almost half (46 per cent) of the total for Scotland in June 2016. Glasgow City accounted for the highest proportion of Scotland's CTR recipients, with 19 per cent (92,330) of the total. The other four authorities with the highest proportion of CTR recipients were North Lanarkshire, accounting for 8 per cent (37,910 recipients); Edinburgh City, accounting for 7 per cent (35,930 recipients); and Fife and South Lanarkshire, accounting for 6 per cent each (32,150 and 31,490 recipients respectively).

Figure 1: Treemap of CTR recipients by Local Authority, June 2016

Figure 1: Treemap of CTR recipients by Local Authority, June 2016

Key:
1 = Eilean Siar
2 = Orkney Islands
3 = Shetland Islands
Clacks = Clackmannanshire
East Dunb. = East Dunbartonshire
East Renf. = East Renfrewshire
West Dunb. = West Dunbartonshire

 

The total weekly income foregone for each local authority in April, May and June 2016 is shown in Table 2. The total for Scotland decreased to £6.3 million in June, reflecting the decrease in the number of recipients.

Table 2: CTR weekly estimate of income foregone (£000's) by Local Authority, April to June 2016 1, 2, 3

  Apr-16 May-16 Jun-16
SCOTLAND 6,372.9 6,364.9 6,344.8
Aberdeen City 178.8 180.4 181.7
Aberdeenshire 142.4 143.3 142.3
Angus 100.0 100.1 100.2
Argyll and Bute 101.2 100.4 99.9
Clackmannanshire 66.2 66.1 65.9
Dumfries and Galloway 161.1 161.2 159.7
Dundee City 230.0 229.4 230.9
East Ayrshire 172.9 173.3 172.1
East Dunbartonshire 83.9 83.2 82.1
East Lothian 97.3 96.4 94.4
East Renfrewshire 68.3 68.1 68.3
Edinburgh, City of 481.4 481.1 479.2
Eilean Siar 27.2 27.1 27.2
Falkirk 153.9 153.5 152.8
Fife 384.6 383.3 382.5
Glasgow City 1,274.6 1,275.8 1,274.6
Highland 226.4 225.9 224.5
Inverclyde 123.7 123.8 123.8
Midlothian 95.9 95.4 95.1
Moray 71.6 71.4 71.4
North Ayrshire 218.3 217.6 216.3
North Lanarkshire 447.6 444.5 442.4
Orkney Islands 14.5 14.5 14.5
Perth and Kinross 124.0 123.4 123.1
Renfrewshire 242.0 241.9 240.4
Scottish Borders 102.6 102.0 100.9
Shetland Islands 12.2 12.2 12.2
South Ayrshire 155.0 154.3 153.2
South Lanarkshire 380.1 379.1 378.2
Stirling 80.2 79.9 79.3
West Dunbartonshire 171.2 171.7 171.2
West Lothian 183.8 184.6 184.1

Notes:
1 Recipients are as at monthly count date. See Methodology Notes, Section 2 for more details. Available at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Local-Government-Finance/Methodology/Ctaxreductionmethod
2 Weekly income foregone estimates are based on 'number of recipients multiplied by average weekly reduction' for each local authority and benefit type for the given month.
3 Figures are rounded to the nearest £100. Components may not sum to total due to rounding.


Contact

Email: Louise Cuthbertson, Louise.Cuthbertson@gov.scot