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Householders aged 16 to 24 living in the Falkirk area are being urged to check if they’re eligible for a reduction in Council Tax.

Households where all residents are under 18 qualify for a full exemption against council tax, water and wastewater charges.

Exemptions, or Discounts, are available for those in full-time education or an apprenticeship, or those providing or receiving care. 

Benefits Calculator

Residents can use Falkirk Council’s Benefits Calculator to determine what benefits they’re entitled to and if they qualify for a reduction in council tax.

Help with claiming Welfare Benefits can be found on the Falkirk Council website or by calling 01324 506070.

See the full list of discounts and exemptions: Council tax - Council tax discount & exemptions | Falkirk Council

Paul Ferguson, Revenues and Benefits Manager at Falkirk Council, said:

“Young householders aged between 16 and 24 on low income aren’t typically aware that they could be eligible for a reduction in their council tax payments.

“There are also many discounts and even full exemptions for different groups of people in that age range.

“If you can do it yourself or get someone to help, it’s worth spending a few minutes checking our benefits calculator – it’ll tell you exactly what you’re entitled to.

“You can also ask our team in person at any of our advice hubs.”

Best Start Foods

Social Security Scotland is also asking families issued with a prepaid card to help with the cost of healthy food shopping to check they aren’t missing out.

Best Start Foods helps eligible people with the cost of buying healthy food and milk when they are pregnant or have a child under the age of three.

The payment is delivered via a prepaid card and is topped up with up to £36 for each eligible child every four weeks.