The scheme helps provide financial support to low income households, and Borders-based MSP Christine Grahame (SNP) claims that it saved families in the Borders an estimated £103,000 a week in March.
Between 2013/14 and the end of 2018/19 the SNP Government invested over £1.4 billion into the scheme – recently extending it to include higher band households who fall below average earnings up to a maximum of £25,000 net income. The move has helped support an extra 54,000 households in Scotland – a third of them pensioner households.
Ms Grahame said: “The SNP has managed to help almost half a million households every year with their council tax bill.
“Just under 80% of those households are totally exempt from council tax thanks to the scheme.
“I would encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible for a reduction in their council tax to get in touch with their local Citizen’s Advice Bureau for advice.”