Council tax debt on rise to £2m-plus

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The level of council tax debt in the Borders and the number of households in arrears have more than doubled since the levy was frozen in 2007.

At the end of the 2015-16 financial year 5,470 households in the region owed a total of £2.02m.

That compares to £1.74m owed by 4,689 households at the end of 2014-15, £1.52m owed by 4,308 households in 2013-14 and £1.38m owed by 3,822 households in 2012-13.

At the end of 2007-08, when the freeze was introduced, 2,378 of the region’s households owed a total of £899,000 in council tax.

Figures for 2016-17 are not yet available.

Council tax bills will rise by 3% for band A-D householders in the current financial year.

The amount of council tax debt written off has reduced in recent years.

In 2015-16, it was £193,000, compared to £239,000 in 2014-15, £224,000 in 2013-14 and £538,000 in 2012-13.

Back in 2007-08, just under £320,000 was written off by Scottish Borders Council.