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Local Government Finance

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he plans to take to encourage people entitled to transitional allowance and particularly pensioners to lodge claims both in 1989–90 and 1990–91; and whether he will consider an advertising campaign to that end.

The Scottish Office undertook an advertising campaign in the national press earlier this year and issued more than 150,000 leaflets explaining the scheme to local authorities and interested organisations. Additionally, most local authorities have made extensive efforts to encourage applications from pensioners and the disabled who may be eligible for increased relief under the scheme. We do not consider that any further action needs to be taken.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the percentage of those entitled to transitional allowances on the poll tax in 1989–90 who have actually claimed.

Ninety per cent. of those people estimated to be eligible for transitional relief should be identified automatically from local authorities' records. At this stage it is not possible to estimate the number of pensioners and the disabled who will receive increased relief for which application must be made.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in Scotland were liable to pay the poll tax in (a) 1989–90 and (b) 1990–91.

Returns from community charges registration officers indicate that, as at 5 September 1989, a total of 3,904,189 people were liable to pay the personal community charge. Comparable figures are not yet available for 1990, but in setting their community charges earlier this year, local authorities assumed that 3,887,531 people would be liable to pay the personal community charge in 1990–91. These figures include students, who are liable for only 20 per cent. of the community charge, but exclude those liable for collective or standard community charges.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the number of second homes for each local authority, on the basis of information collected for the poll tax.

Information on second homes is not collected for the purpose of levying the community charges. The number of premises liable for the standard community charge for each district and islands council area as at 5 September 1989 is set out in the table.

Number of standard charge premises September 1989
Berwickshire420
Ettrick and Lauderdale372
Roxburgh482
Tweeddale235
Clackmannan592
Falkirk1,117
Stirling1,876
Annandale and Eskdale654
Nithsdale886
Stewartry872
Wigtown846
Dunfermline131
Kirkcaldy441
North East Fife1,731
Aberdeen3,390
Banff and Buchan2,005
Gordon1,545
Kincardine and Deeside1,260
Moray2,060
Badenoch and Strathspey1,021
Caithness1,023
Inverness1,350
Lochaber916
Nairn251
Ross and Cromarty2,022
Skye and Lochalsh868
Sutherland1,033
East Lothian2,273
Edinburgh14,469
Midlothian1,442
West Lothian2,348

Number of standard charge premises September 1989

Argyll and Bute5,085
Bearsden and Milngavie257
Clydebank910
Clydesdale997
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth539
Cumnock and Doon Valley780
Cunninghame2,981
Dumbarton1,620
East Kilbride743
Eastwood572
Glasgow20,875
Hamilton1,397
Inverclyde1,869
Kilmarnock and Loudoun1,092
Kyle and Carrick1,502
Monklands1,301
Motherwell1,835
Renfrew3,913
Strathkelvin723
Angus2,059
Dundee4,699
Perth and Kinross3,894
Orkney700
Shetland902
Western Isles587
Scotland Total111,763