Taxpayers were forced to plug the hole in council finances so local services could cope with slashed budgets, says Scotland’s spending watchdog.
A Perthshire resident was hit with a council tax bill of more than £12,000 in a 15-month fraud operation by a local authority employee.
A kebab shop owner has admitted scamming Dundee City Council of more than £17,000 by pretending to be a part-time employee of the business in order to claim benefits.
Finance chiefs are confident Angus will maintain its position near the top of Scotland’s council tax collection league despite having to give up on almost £1/2 million of irrecoverable dues.
Dundee City Council has had to seek help from the courts in chasing over £150 million in debts accrued by residents and businesses in recent years.
Tax rises come into force today for hundreds of thousands of Scots.
Dundee council tax bills and the price of school meals will increase after the SNP administration’s budget designed to plug a £15 million gap in its finances was approved.
Fife councillors have rubber-stamped budget proposals which will see council tax rise by 3% from April.
Households will pay up to £91 more in council tax through hikes expected to be confirmed this week.
Dundee City Council is proposing a 3% rise in council tax as it seeks to balance the books next year.