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Council Tax (Second Homes)

Part of Finance and Public Services and Communities – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:00 pm on 16th September 2004.

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Photo of Andy Kerr Andy Kerr Labour 2:00 pm, 16th September 2004

The responses to our consultation made it clear that, in rural areas, second home ownership has an adverse effect on the availability of affordable housing for local people. Therefore, the money gained from reducing the discount will be routed to registered social landlords for the provision of affordable housing. We believe that that is a balanced decision that will reassure those who are paying the revised amount of council tax that the money will be spent wisely.