Local Government Taxation

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Age Scotland recognises the council tax as an unfair tax which bears little relationship to the ability to pay. By not taking account of income it places and unfair burden on those on low and fixed income such as pensioners.

Even with the council tax benefit system in place the system is flawed and fails to address pensioner poverty: pensioners consistently tell us that they are uncomfortable with means testing and many are unwilling to impart financial information to strangers, even if they are local authority staff.

Local government taxation must take into account the needs of Scotland’s pensioners and in both the short and long run be redesigned to be (i) easy to understand (practicable in their application) (ii) sustainable (raises enough money to pay for services) and (iii) fair (favourable to those on low and fixed incomes).

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