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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. 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're not fully vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine and you've been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 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
  • you're fully vaccinated with the coronavirus 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.

How do I apply?

To apply contact the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Scottish Welfare Fund

The Scottish Welfare Fund team is here to help our residents on low incomes with Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants.

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 20th October 2021

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