Nearly Two-Thirds of Scots want Council Tax Rises Wednesday 11 February 2015 PDF Print With local government budgets stretched more than ever due to cuts enforced at central level, Scottish residents have demanded more say in this survey Research from pollsters Ipsos Mori has revealed that the majority of Scottish residents participating in the survey would welcome council tax hikes to fund vital community services, with the article published on The Scotsman’s website. Council Tax Advisors CIC have responded to the results. With local government budgets stretched more than ever due to cuts enforced at central level, Scottish residents have demanded more say in this survey. Eight out of ten want greater influence in community policies and 54 per cent of participants think central government have more control in local services than previously. Alison McInnes, a Liberal Democrat MSP, welcomed the findings and believe this is the right approach for issues at local government level: “The results of the survey articulate what I and many Lib Dems have been saying for years: local decisions should be taken by those in the community for the benefits of the community. Local democracy needs to be strengthened.” Council tax rates have been frozen by the SNP since 2007, but this cost around £500 million to fund with various council leaders advocating immediate to protect and improve local services. Scotland’s councils are facing dramatic drops in funding support over the next two financial years. Their funding will lower by approximately £350m in 2014-15 to £6.94 billion, before falling by £279m in 2015-16. Council Tax Advisors CIC, who give free advice for UK residents struggling with debt, released the following statement. Their managing director, Chris Richards, said: “Funding for local services has been a problem for several areas around the UK and unfortunately this is set to continue for more years. “Rising council tax may not be the only option to combat this shortfall in funding, though. These rates have spiralled almost out of control in the last 20 years and this can cause debt problems. If you need financial support then our CTACIC team give free, impartial and effective advice to resolve arrears.” Council Tax Advisors Community Interest Company (CIC) is a not-for-profit organisation offering free and independent advice and resolution services to those in council tax arrears or any other kind of debt. Formed in 2012 as a direct result of personal experiences with bailiffs, they specialise in providing advice and guidance on how best to deal with debt situations and offer long-term sustainable solutions including the organisation of repayment plans and professional mediation services. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Council Tax Advisors in the following categories: Personal Finance, Education & Human Resources, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.