New data has revealed that thousands of households in East Renfrewshire have been supported via the council tax reduction scheme.

Introduced by the SNP in 2013, the programme has saved Scottish households more than £3.5 billion in the past decade, reducing the average bill by £800 annually.

In December 2023, 4470 households across the local authority were supported. 

One in five households in Scotland, totalling to more than 460,000 homes, receive support from the scheme, in addition to the government-funded council tax freeze.

Tom Arthur, SNP MSP for Renfrewshire South, said: “Supporting people through the cost of living crisis is the SNP-led Government’s top priority – and these figures show that the council tax reduction scheme is helping people in East Renfrewshire.

“4470 households in East Renfrewshire are being supported by this scheme. This is on top of every single home in East Renfrewshire benefitting from having their council tax frozen in the next year.

“In the face of economic incompetence from Westminster the SNP is delivering the support people need to get through the cost of living crisis and protect household budgets.”