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Argyll council tax discount for second homes could be removed

A TEN per cent council tax discount on second homes will likely be scrapped by Argyll and Bute Council to raise over more than £380,000 for affordable housing.

The Oban Times recently revealed that Argyll and Bute Council estimates cuts of up to £40 million over the next three years to plug a projected black hole in its budget.

A budgetary outlook report, presented to the Policy and Resources Committee on October 27, was updated to reflect ‘a worsening position’ in Scottish Government funding. The report said: ‘The funding gap estimated over the three year period 2017-18 to 2019-20 has been revised to be between £18.2million and £39.9m, with a gap of between £4m and £13.1m in 2017-18.’

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