Council tax - how could it be fairer?

If you want to have your say on what should replace Council Tax as a fairer way of funding public services, now is the chance to do so.

Wednesday, 26th August 2015, 11:53 am

A public interactive discussion is being held in the Volunteer Hall, St John Street, Galashiels on Monday, September 14, from 7pm to hear what you think might - and might not - be a fairer way of raising the £2 billion presently collected from Council Tax in Scotland.

It is organised by the Commission on Local Tax Reform - established by the Scottish Government and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) to look at alternative ways of local taxation in Scotland

Nearly every one of the 2.4 million households in Scotland is liable for Council Tax. The £2 billion raised through Council Tax is about 15% of the money spent by Scotland’s councils on street cleaning, bin collections, schooling, care services etc.

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Many regard the current system as unfair and the Commission on Local Tax Reform has been tasked to examine alternatives. It sees councillors and MSPs from across Scotland’s political parties, including Councillor Catriona Bhatia from Scottish Borders Council, working alongside people from business and civic society to explore and understand a range of alternatives.

To book your place at the event, please pre-register online at, email [email protected] or call 0131 474 9332.