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Dundee candidates welcome Council Tax cutting plans

March 30, 2011 5:22 PM

Dundee Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidates Allan Petrie and Alison Burns have today welcomed plans by the Scottish Liberal Democrats to make the council tax fairer.The proposal is to exempt less well off pensioners from the council tax.

A pensioner on an income of less than £10,000 will pay nothing at all in council tax.

LibDem proposals will mean a saving of up to £400 from a typical Band D bill. This compares to a saving of £22 under the SNP's freeze and a saving of only £200 under the Conservatives.

At least 20,000 single pensioners will benefit from this policy. Many pensioner couples will also be able to qualify.

Allan Petrie, candidate in Dundee City East, said, "Whilst the SNP, Labour and Tories tinker about saving money for the richest in society, the Scottish Liberal Democrats are taking real action to help the poorest pensioners by removing them from paying any council tax if their income is under £10,000.    This will give real help to those pensioners struggling to make ends meet."

Alison Burns, candidate in Dundee City West, added, "The SNP and Labour plan to freeze Council Tax for the most wealthy and the Tories plan to cut it for the most wealthy.   The Liberal Democrats on the other hand will target to help the poorest pensioners and remove them from paying any Council Tax.  This will save many pensioners real cash and make a substantial difference to their standard of living."