South Scotland

Borders councillors advised to axe second home discount

Councillors in the Borders are being advised to remove a council tax discount on second homes in the region.

At present there are more than 1,000 properties in the region which qualify for the reduction of 10%.

A report to Scottish Borders Council said that removal of the discount could generate more than £100,000 in annual income for the authority.

Officials have advised that property owners be required to pay full council tax from April next year.

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