Find out how to reduce your council tax bill and what benefits you may be entitled to.
If you're on a low income, you may be entitled to a council tax reduction. You can find more information and apply on our council tax reduction web page.
You can also find a free tool to help you find out if you're exempt from paying council tax or if you're eligible for a discount or reduction in your bill on the Citizens Advice Scotland website.
Low Income Pandemic Payment
To help with increased costs and lost income due to coronavirus, a one-off payment of £130 may be available. Find out more information about the Low Income Pandemic Payment.
Self-isolation support grant
The Self-Isolation support grant is a taxable grant of £500. It is offered through the existing Scottish Welfare Fund, administered by local authorities in Scotland.
The grant is available to workers who earn the Real Living Wage or less or are in receipt of a low income benefit and who will experience reduced earnings as a result of them, their child or the person they are caring for being required to self-isolate. You can apply within 28 days of being told to self-isolate.
To be eligible for the grant, you must: have been told by the Test and Protect Service to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19, either because you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
Who can apply
To be eligible for a Self-isolation support grant you must:
- have been asked by the Test and Protect service (or equivalent in UK) to self-isolate because you've tested positive for COVID-19, or you've been in close contact with someone who has either tested positive or has received a public health request to self-isolate in relation to a variant of concern from the list published by Scottish Government which can be verified
- not be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine and identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has received a public health request to self-isolate in relation to a variant of concern from the list published by Scottish Government which can be verified
- be the parent or primary carer of a child under 16, or a person over 16 who has tested positive for COVID-19 who has not been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and has been asked by Test and Protect (or equivalent across UK) to self-isolate, because you've been identified as a close contact of them.
- be employed or self-employed
- be unable to work from home, and lose income as a result of self-isolation
- be in receipt of, or have been awarded but not yet received a payment of Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, means tested Council Tax Reduction and/or Pension Credit
- be an applicant who would ordinarily have an underlying eligibility for Universal Credit (based on earnings prior to the self-isolation request period) and who experiences a reduction in earnings as a result of being asked to self-isolate.
You can't apply if:
- you're waiting on a test result or self-isolating after returning to the UK from abroad unless you've tested positive for COVID-19
- you're not fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine and have been asked by Test and Protect to stay at home and self-isolate
- you're fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine and are waiting on a test result or self-isolating after being identified by the Test and Protect service as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been asked to self-isolate in relation to a variant of concern from the list published by Scottish Government which can be verified.
How do I apply?
To apply, contact email@example.com. Please be patient, as we are experiencing high demand. We will get back in touch with you as quickly as we can to go through your application.
Scottish Welfare Fund
The Scottish Welfare Fund team is here to help our residents on low incomes with Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants.
If you're in a crisis situation and there's an immediate threat to you or a member of your family's health or safety you can apply for a Crisis Grant. To apply for our Crisis Grant contact the Scottish Welfare Fund.
Community Care Grant
A Community Care Grant can help you establish or maintain a settled home if you're experiencing exceptional pressure. You can apply for a Community Care Grant online.
More information on both grants can be found on our Scottish Welfare Fund web page.
Social Security Scotland
Some benefits are provided by Social Security Scotland.
There are currently eight with more being added to the list in future.
- Carer's Allowance Supplement
- Best Start Grant - Pregnancy and Baby Payment
- Best Start Grant - Early Learning Payment
- Best Start Grant - School Age Payment
- Best Start Foods
- Funeral Support Payment
- Young Carer Grant
- Job Start Payment
- Scottish Child Payment
The Scottish Government website provides information on other benefits and grants not listed above.