The SNP Government should be doing more to ensure low earners are claiming council tax exemption, Neil Findlay MSP said today.
Freedom of information requests have revealed that just 9 households in West Lothian have been awarded the new benefit, which was introduced in April 2017.
Across Scotland, fewer than 2,000 households out of a potential 54,000 claimed the support.
The scheme was introduced to protect low income households being hit by changes to Council Tax band changes, was designed to exempt some households from the £110 million Council Tax increases.
Labour has consistently pushed for Scotland’s new social security powers to deliver better cost of living support.
Neil Findlay said:
“This was supposed to help hundreds of households across the area but only 9 households in West Lothian actually received it.
“Struggling families and pensioners are missing out on key support and facing massive Council Tax bills as a result.
“Labour pushed the SNP into doing more work to ensure everyone gets the benefits that they are entitled to, but these figures highlight just how little they are doing to help.
“We need to see more action from the SNP to boost take-up, and getting people the support they deserve.”