Scottish Government looking at recouping £400 energy rebate from second homeowners

Ministers have said the move aims to support a “fair and equitable” response to the rising cost of living

Big Zero Report 2022

Second homeowners in Scotland are likely to be stripped of the £400 energy bill rebate.

The Scottish Government said it will work with local authorities to examine all options to recover this money, including through a council tax levied on second homes.

It will also consider applying a similar measure to long-term empty homes as well.

Last month, the Chancellor said he will give his energy bill handout to charity.

The cost-of-living bailout includes £400 towards energy bills for all households in the country.

The subsidy will be applied to properties rather than individuals, meaning that those who own more than one home could get higher savings.

Scotland’s Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth Tom Arthur said: “It is clearly wrong that second homeowners benefit from the £400 energy rebate.

“The Scottish Government will examine all options to recover this money and use the funds raised to support local cost of living responses on a fair and equitable basis.”

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