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In addition, the Scottish Government is changing the way council tax is charged on
properties in bands E,F,G and H which will mean a further £160,000 for the comhairle.
These vary by band and the Comhairle has no discretion to vary the increases which
are as follows: Band E +7.5%; Band F +12.5%; Band G +17.5% and Band H +22.5%.
The majority of houses in the islands are valued between Bands A to D.
Households with an annual income of up to £25,000 (£16,750 for a single household)
can apply for a full exemption of the increased charge.
► 3% council tax rise passed despite opposition
Hike in council tax bills
Island families have to fork out more for council tax in bills being issued by the
comhairle next week.
Councillors voted for the increase to raise an extra half a million pounds for the
These are the first increases since 2007 following the reform of council tax bands
by the Scottish Government and the decision of the Comhairle to add on an additional
The council said the 3% increase will bring in an estimated £380,000 towards this
year’s budget and is part of a range of measures to reduce a £6.1 million funding
gap down to £2.5 million.