Published: 4th Jan 2021

A leading charity has warned of a council tax debt ‘explosion’ in Scotland and added that the pandemic could make the situation even worse. Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) said council tax debt is currently the number one debt issue in its network of offices. According to figures from the charity, more than 2,200 people sought help from the Citizens Advice network in 2019/20 with a complex debt issue involving council tax, owing a cumulative £6.8million in council tax arrears It added the average debt owed was over £3,000– almost three times the average council tax bill of £1,201. The charity fears council tax debt could grow even further in 2021, as payment protections and furlough schemes end. This will force more people into reduced incomes and putting extreme pressure on household decision-making around which bills to pay, particularly council tax. It is calling on people to make use of the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)