Just 3,399 people in Scotland who have sought help for council tax debt owe a cumulative £6.4m between them, shocking new figures show.
Charity Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) said those were just the people who came to them for guidance – meaning the real amount owed is likely much higher.
On average, each person they helped owed an average of £1,900 in 2018-19, significantly more than the average annual council tax bill of £1,147.
CAS is urging people to use their specially designed tool to check their eligibility for a council tax reduction, which in some cases could mean savings of £700 a year.
We want people to check if they are entitled to a council tax discount
New research shows people owe a cumulative £6.4million to local authorities
That works out to around £1,900 per person on average
— Citizens Advice Scot (@CitAdviceScot) October 28, 2019
Myles Fitt, financial health spokesperson for the charity, said council tax debt is a “significant issue” for the people who go to them for help.