Need a bit of extra financial support? Help is available. Check to see if you are eligible to apply for the following –
Discretionary Housing Payment
A Discretionary Housing Payment is for tenants who get Housing Benefit or Universal Credit (housing element) but need extra help to pay their rent.
Funds from the Scottish Government helps tenants deal with welfare changes and covers the cost of the Bedroom Tax (Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy).
If you get Universal Credits you have to make a separate application to your local authority. Find out more at Discretionary Housing Payment Fund.
Council Tax Reduction Scheme
The Council Tax Reduction Scheme cuts your Council Tax bill if you are out of work or on a low income. The amount you get depends on your income and circumstances.
You can also claim Council Tax Discounts and Exemptions.
Scottish Welfare Fund
The Scottish Welfare Fund is a scheme run by local authorities. The grants don’t have to be repaid.
Crisis Grants are for people who need help because of a disaster or an emergency. It could be a fire or a flood, or if your money is stolen or benefits stopped.
Community Care Grants
Community Care Grants helps people who face going into care unless they get support to stay at home.
It also helps:
- a person leaving care and needing help to set up their own home
- families urgently needing one-off items, for example a cooker or a washing machine.
Winter Fuel Payment
A Winter Fuel Payment is a payment made each year to help with heating costs for homes that include someone born before 6 May 1953.
Cold Weather Payment
Cold Weather Payments are made to certain groups when the weather is very cold.
You could get an extra £25 a week when the average temperature has been, or is expected to be, 0ºC (32ºF) or below for seven days in a row.
Warm Home Discount
If you receive Pension Credit, or you’re on a low income, you may get a Warm Home Discount. This is money taken off your electricity bill by your energy supplier.
Still unsure? We are here to help – get in touch on freephone 0800 011 3447.