Citizens Advice Welcomes Call to End Council Tax in Scotland

December 16, 2015

The Citizens Advice charity group has welcomed calls for council taxes to be scrapped throughout Scotland in favour of an alternative method of funding local councils nationwide.

According to Citizens Advice Scotland, council tax is currently one of the leading sources of financial difficulty for individuals and households across Scotland and should be replaced by a “new system that is fair, clear and affordable”.

That opinion is shared by the Commission on Local Tax Reform, which is lobbying for a new form of local taxation to be introduced and has made the case for several relevant alternatives in a recent in-depth report on the subject.

Keith Dryburgh, policy manager at Citizens Advice Scotland, explained in a statement that council tax is one of the most common causes of financial difficulty in Scotland and said his advisors dealt with around 29,000 new council tax-related queries last year.

“This represents over 100 such issues per working day, or around one council tax issue for every 10 people who seek advice from a CAB in Scotland,” he said.

Dryburgh went on to suggest that even these figures may not indicate just how many issues council taxes cause people living in all parts of Scotland.

“The current system is causing too many problems, particularly for low income households,” he said. “These problems include affordability, the way in which debt is collected, and how the charges are communicated.

“There seems to be a growing consensus that council tax has had its day in Scotland. Now the focus must be on building a new system that is fair, clear and affordable.”

Citizens Advice Scotland has said that it particularly wants to see council taxes collected and deployed in a way that helps prevent debt problems rather than causes Scottish individuals and households to accumulate debts that they can’t manage.

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