5 March 2019

Commenting on figures released today showing the number of people claiming Council Tax Reduction has fallen by almost 80,000 since the scheme was introduced, Labour Social Security spokesperson Mark Griffin said:

“The continual fall in the number of claimants getting Council Tax Reduction should set alarm bells ringing for the SNP government.

"Council Tax Reduction is failing people at a time when the onslaught of Universal Credit is wreaking havoc with household budgets.

"November's bump in claims is nothing more than a blip. For those struggling to make ends meet it is thoroughly disappointing that gain has not been maintained.

"The scheme must be urgently reformed and bolstered to help put money in pockets of those who need it most."

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