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 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.

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 email or phone 0141 577 3475.

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 or Icon for pdf download an application form [193.3KB].

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 27th November 2020

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