INVERCLYDE Council is writing to more than 7,000 householders to warn them of council tax changes brought in by the Scottish Government.
The government announced last year that there would be an increase in the amount paid by people living in properties in bands E to H from April this year.
Councillor Stephen McCabe, Inverclyde Council Leader and chair of the council’s policy and resources committee, said: “The Scottish Government plans to increase what is called the multiplier for properties in Bands E to H. Councils set the band ‘D’ council tax and every other band is then calculated as a percentage of that figure. The Scottish Government changes mean that a band ‘E’ household in Inverclyde will pay £109.82 more in council tax in the next financial year, rising to £539.10 for band ‘H’ households.
“This change doesn’t appear to have been particularly well publicised, so the Council’s finance service is now writing to all households affected by the changes to make them aware of the impact for them. It is important to stress that that was not a decision for the council but has been decided on by the government and should not be confused with current budget setting of the Council which is scheduled for 16 February.”
In the Scottish Government’s draft budget, it is proposed that councils across Scotland can increase council tax — on top of the council tax multiplier changes outlined in the letter to households — by up to three per cent across all council tax bands.
Band E households will pay an additional £109.82 per year (an increase of 7.5 per cent)
Band F households will pay an additional 216.31 per year (an increase of 12.5 per cent)
Band G households will pay an additional £349.41 per year (an increase of 17.5 per cent)
Band H households will pay an additional £539.10 per year (an increase of 22.5 per cent)