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How the Scottish council tax increases will affect you

Local authorities have been voting on whether to raise tax to a maximum 4.79%.

Tax: Find out how the increases affect you.
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A third of local authorities in Scotland will raise council tax by almost 5%, the maximum amount set by the Scottish Government.

Clackmannanshire Council was the final council to set its budget for the coming year on Wednesday, with 11 councils already voting to impose a 4.79% increase on taxpayers.

East Lothian, Moray, Renfrewshire and the Western Isles are amongst those who have chosen to increase council tax to the maximum amount.

Five councils including the Borders, Perth and Kinross and Stirling have voted to increase rates by up to 4% while 13 others will keep rate increases at 3% for taxpayers, including Scotland's biggest cities Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Midlothian will see the biggest increase in the average council tax bill, with Band D properties set to see bills rise by £60.62 to £1344.

The increases do not include water and waste charges, therefore total bills will be higher.

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In January, finance secretary Derek Mackay's tax and spending plans for 2019-20 were passed by 67 votes to 58 after he struck a deal with the Scottish Greens.

The agreement to give the Budget the support of the Greens through all three voting stages was finalised during talks that went down to the wire before MSPs began debating the plans.

As part of the plans, Mackay announced council tax rates increases would be capped in real terms at 3% for the coming year - which equates to a maximum increase of 4.79%.

He added that cross-party talks would be launched with a view to replacing council tax altogether, potentially before the next Holyrood elections in 2021.

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