More than 11,000 households in West Dunbartonshire got help from a government scheme to reduce the council tax burden on lower income households in June, according to new figures.

The Scottish Government’s council tax reduction scheme gave support to 11,360 households in the area and saved them a total of £171,000 a week in June, the most recent month for which figures are available.

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Across Scotland the number of people receiving help with their council tax bills rose by almost 29,000 from April to June.

Clydebank’s MSP, Gil Paterson, said: “While the Tories at Westminster are gearing up to prematurely end the furlough scheme, and throw thousands of Scottish jobs on the scrap heap, the SNP Government is standing up for low income households in Clydebank and West Dunbartonshire and helping relieve the financial pressures caused by Coronavirus.”