Council Tax changes in 2017/18
As you may be aware, the Scottish Government has introduced legislation to change Council Tax for properties in bands E to H and this will come into force from 1 April 2017. If your property is included within these bands, you will receive a letter from the Council explaining the Scottish Government’s changes by Wednesday 1 March.
Council Tax charges are based on the valuation ‘band’ of your property. The bands range from Band A to Band H, with all bands having a relationship with Band D. This is known as the multiplier. The Scottish Government has introduced legislation to change the Council Tax multipliers for properties in Bands E to H from 1 April 2017. The Council has no local discretion to change these multipliers.
To help explain what these changes could mean, the table below provides examples of how much the new Council Tax charge – based on 2016/17 levels – will increase for bands E to H when the Scottish Government multiplier changes are applied. The table is designed to give an indication of the potential change only
2016/17 Council Tax
2016/17 Council Tax
(With new multiplier applied)
The figures don’t take account of any increase in Council Tax that may be agreed by the Council when we set our budget on 2 March 2017 – the Scottish Government has given Councils the power to raise Council Tax across all bands by up to 3%. They also don’t include Scottish Water charges for water and sewerage, which are not affected by the change in the multiplier.
Council Tax charges from 1 April 2017 will only be finalised and set when the Council approves its 2017/18 budget on 2 March 2017.
2017/18 Council Tax Demand Notices will be issued around mid-March 2017 and will include the Scottish Government multiplier changes, the Council Tax set by the Council, any current entitlement to Council Tax Reduction and Scottish Water charges for water and sewerage. The notice will confirm how much Council Tax you need to pay in 2017/18.
Exemption for low income household in Band E to H properties
Single person households with net income of up to £16,750 and all other households with a net income of up to £25,000 and less than £16,000 in savings are eligible to apply for a full exemption from the increased charge through the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
If you are eligible to apply, complete the online application here.
We will do all we can to process completed application forms in time for the reduction to be included in your 2017/18 Council Tax Demand Notice. To help with this, please submit your application as soon as possible.
If we are unable to process your application within this timescale, a replacement notice, detailing your revised Council Tax charges for 2017/18, will be issued at the earliest opportunity.
If you are already in receipt of Council Tax Reduction, you do not need to re-apply as your 2017/18 Council Tax Demand Notice will include any reduction you are entitled to.
If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax, contact us as soon as possible.