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Council tax and benefits

Find out how to reduce your council tax bill and what benefits you may be entitled to.

Council tax

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.

Visit 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. You can find more information and submit your details online.

Self-isolation support grant

The Self-Isolation Support Grant is a new grant of £500. It will be offered through the existing Scottish Welfare Fund, administered by local authorities in Scotland.

The grant is being significantly extended to more people on low incomes.

The grant will be available to workers earning the Real Living Wage or less, as well as those in receipt of a council tax reduction because of low income.

People with caring responsibilities for someone over 16 who is asked to self-isolate, where the carer themselves meet the other eligibility criteria, can also get the grant.

In addition, the Scottish Government is lengthening the period during which people can apply for the Self-Isolation Support Grant. They will now be able to apply within 28 days of being told to self-isolate.

The changes will take effect from 16 February to allow local authorities time to change their systems and application forms, but eligibility will be backdated to 2 February. 

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 coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

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 coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • 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 and/or Pension Credit
  • be the parents or primary carers of children required to isolate
  • 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

To apply contact the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Scottish Welfare Fund

We can reassure residents that arrangements are in place to ensure the provision of the Scottish Welfare Fund during this difficult time. Our team have been helping our residents on low incomes with Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants. If you live in East Renfrewshire, are over 16 years old and on a low income you may be entitled to a grant if you meet the criteria.

Crisis Grant

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

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. 

Visit Social Security Scotland's website to find out more about the benefits listed below.

  • 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.

Last modified on 3rd September 2021

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