by Ian Yuill on 18 January, 2017
I have been contacted by a number of residents who are angry that changes to Council Tax rules introduced by the SNP Scottish Government mean they face an increase in their Council Tax bill of up to £553 a year.
This increase in Council Tax – which is being imposed by the SNP Scottish Government and not by the council – affects houses in Council Tax bands E, F, G and H. The increase will take effect from April this year.
Aberdeen City Council finance staff have calculated that the changes to the annual Council Tax for bands E-H will be:
Current (£) New (£) Increase (£) Band E 1,503.81 1,616.46 112.65 Band F 1,777.23 1,999.38 222.15 Band G 2,050.65 2,409.51 358.86 Band H 2,460.78 3,014.46 553.68
* These figures do not include the separate Water Charge which is collected with the Council Tax.
I believe the Council Tax is an unfair tax as it is not based on income and takes no real account of people’s ability to pay.
These SNP imposed increases in people’s Council Tax bills will hit hard at time when many are already struggling because of the downturn in our local economy.9 Comments