The Scottish government has unveiled a controversial proposal to raise council tax rates by up to 22.5% for homes in higher bands, sparking a heated debate on fairness and affordability. The leaked plan, aimed at achieving a more equitable tax system, has faced criticism from opposition Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).
Details of the proposal were brought to light by the Daily Record, which obtained a report from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla). The government has now officially released the proposal and opened it up for public consultation. If implemented, the changes would affect Scotland’s council tax bands, which are based on a property’s assumed value from April 1991. Rates for homes in bands E, F, G, and H would be increased on a sliding scale ranging from 7.5% to 22.5%. While only 0.5% of properties fall into the highest council tax band, approximately 28% of properties would be impacted by the proposed changes.