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PE01634: Equality in council tax payment options

People Communities

Petitioner: Jessica Mason


Date Lodged: 23 January 2017

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to clarify and improve current Scottish council tax legislation in order to make council tax payment over 12 months a mandatory option for council tax payers, as it is in England and Wales.

Petition History:


30 March 2017: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and COSLA. Link to the Official Report

26 April 2018: The Committee agreed to write to the local authorities identified by the petitioner as not allowing payment of council tax in twelve monthly installments to ask why they take this approach and whether they would consider reviewing their approach on the basis that this option has been widely interpreted as being permissible within the terms of the Regulations. Link to the Official Report 26 April 2018  

Written submissions:


Currently 22 councils in Scotland offer payment of council tax over 12 months, while 10 don't. This means over 1.5 million people live in an area that doesn't offer them the easiest payment method that allows for easy budgeting and reduced payments every month, especially useful for those on low wages. It also improves council tax collection rates and therefore saves the council money.

In England and Wales it is mandatory to have the option to pay over 12 months as well as keeping the option to pay over 10. I think Scotland should follow suit.

The 10 councils who do not offer this option are Orkney Islands, Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), Argyll & Bute, East Renfrewshire, Angus, North Ayrshire, City of Dundee, City of Aberdeen, South Lanarkshire, and Fife (although Fife is planning to introduce this option for 2017)

The SNP say they wish to deliver for all the people and communities of Scotland, as part of that I believe all of Scotland's households should have the option to pay for council tax in the easiest and fairest way possible.

Thanks for all the signatures so far, remember to share as wide as you can to make people aware. There's been a piece in the Fife courier and on Tay FM so far too which is great.

Jessica Mason

12:18 on 10 Jan 2017

Thanks to everyone who signs- the more signatures it gets the higher the chances of the petition succeeding! On that note please also share as widely as you can on social media and with any groups that might have an interest.

Jessica Mason

17:10 on 13 Dec 2016

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