Friday, 7 March 2014

Margaret welcomes continued Council Tax freeze

Local MSP Margaret Burgess has welcomed the SNP Government’s continued funding of a freeze to the level of Council Tax paid by hard-pressed families in North Ayrshire.

Council Tax bills in Scotland have been frozen since the SNP was elected to government in 2007.

Reacting to news that the measure will continue, the MSP for Cunninghame South said, “This is the seventh successive year of a fully-funded Council Tax freeze. In this challenging economic climate, this is good news for communities and households in North Ayrshire.

“In the face of the biggest reduction in public spending imposed by Westminster on any Scottish Government, the partnership with North Ayrshire, as with other councils, is delivering real benefits for our people.” North Ayrshire Council is also now controlled by an SNP administration.

Mrs Burgess noted, “As part of the funding package, NAC will receive extra money for additional responsibilities, including funding for those affected by the Bedroom Tax, Council Tax benefit reforms, free school meals and childcare expansion.”

The funding provided by the Scottish Government includes £343m for the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, £51m for childcare, and £20m for Discretionary Housing Payments to help top-up Housing Benefit for those facing hardship as a result of the Bedroom Tax.

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