Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is urging people in Helensburgh and Lomond to check their eligibility for council tax reductions following the publication of alarming new figures.

The charity has revealed 3,399 people sought its help over council tax debts averaging £1,900 in 2018-19 - a total of £6.4 million.

This is higher than the average council tax bill of £1,147, according to Scottish Government figures.

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Reductions could save those eligible an average of £700 a year.

Myles Fitt, CAS’s financial health spokesman, said: “People owe a cumulative £6.4m to local authorities. Fewer households are claiming council tax reduction compared to the old scheme.”

CAS has an online tool to check eligibility for council tax savings – see to find out more.

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