Date lodged: 23 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the amount of outstanding council tax arears in each local authority in the Lothian parliamentary region.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 5 June 2017
Council Tax is a local tax and therefore it is for individual Councils to take all practical steps and use their powers to collect the unpaid tax due to them, especially in cases where households are wilfully avoiding payment as this is unfair on the overwhelming majority of people who do pay their taxes.
People who are finding it difficult to pay their council tax should contact their council immediately as they may be entitled to relief under the Council Tax Reduction Scheme. We have invested over £1 billion in the Council Tax Reduction scheme since 2013-14, assisting almost half a million households each year to meet their council tax.