Over 2,000 households in the Western Isles have had a reduction in council tax, according to new figures.

The SNP Government’s Council Tax Reduction scheme helps provides financial support to low income households.

Every week in March, £25,600 of savings were made to the total Western Isles Council tax bill.

Between 2013/14 and the end of 2018/19 the SNP Government invested over £1.4 billion into the Council Tax Reduction Scheme – recently extending the scheme to include higher band households who fall below average earnings up to a maximum of £25,000 net income.

The move has helped support an extra 54,000 households in Scotland – a third of them pensioner households.

Commenting, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan, said: “In the face of huge cuts from the UK Tory government, the SNP has managed to help almost half a million households every year with their council tax bill.

“Just under 80% of those households are totally exempt from council tax thanks to the scheme.

“In March alone, the Council Tax Reduction scheme has helped 2160 households in the Western Isles – saving local families an estimated £25,600 a week in March.

“I would encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible for a reduction in their council tax to get in touch with their local Citizen’s Advice Bureau for advice.”