COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION SCHEME SUPPORTS 7,060 LOCAL HOUSEHOLDS IN EAST LOTHIAN AND 6,160 HOUSEHOLDS IN MIDLOTHIAN
SNP GOVERNMENT ASSISTING LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS DURING PANDEMIC
New figures released this week reveal that 7,060 households across East Lothian and 6,160 households across Midlothian were supported by the SNP Government’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme in June 2020.
Across Scotland, almost 500,000 Scots received the support in June, with the number of local households in receipt of the Council Tax Reduction support rising by 350 households in East Lothian and 170 households in Midlothian since April 2020.
The scheme that provides financial support to low income households, saved families in East Lothian an estimated total of £110,000 a week in June and families across Midlothian saved £103,000 a week in June.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Colin Beattie said:
“With many families struggling to get by in the face of this pandemic, the SNP Government is supporting almost half a million households with their council tax bill.
“In June alone, the Council Tax Reduction scheme has helped 7,060 households in East Lothian and 6,160 households in Midlothian.
“While the Tories at Westminster are gearing up to prematurely end the furlough scheme, and throw thousands of Scottish jobs on the scrap heap, the SNP Government is standing up for low income households in Mid- and East Lothian, and helping relieve the financial pressures caused by Coronavirus.”