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Cost of living support

Rising energy, fuel and food costs are having a significant financial impact on people in our communities. If you are struggling financially there is a range of support and help available. Support can be provided for anyone who needs it. Whether you are in employment, on a low income or claiming benefits, you may be able to receive help to afford essentials like bills and food.

Getting Help With Essential Costs

Your local council might help you pay for things like: 


  your energy and bills 

  essential items – for example clothes and household appliances 


This help is known as ‘welfare assistance’ or the ‘Household Support Fund’. Each council runs their own scheme. Welfare Rights Team are there to ensure that you are not missing out on entitlement to benefits and other related help by providing a free, confidential and impartial benefits advice and information service.  You’ll need to check with your local welfare rights team if you can get support and what type of support you can get. 

Local Authority Area

1. Angus
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2. Dundee
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3. East Dumbartonshire
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4. Perth & Kinross
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5. Highlands
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6. North Lanarkshire
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7. Fife
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8. West Dunbartonshire
Cost of Living Advice

Worried about money and paying your rent? Confused by changes to benefits or how to apply?

Check if you can claim benefits – you might be able to claim even if you have a job.   You might be able to claim benefits or increase your current benefits if you’re: 

  of State Pension age and on a low income 

  sick or disabled 

  a carer 

  of working age and on a low income 

  responsible for children 

Entitled to benefits calculator will help you find out what benefits you can claim

The calculator is free to use, and the details you provide are anonymous. 

Worried About Energy Bills and Heating Your Home?

We are pleased to announce we have partnered with SCARF to provide Caledonia and Cordale tenants with access to a free energy advice helpline and a dedicated advice service.

Further support contacts can be found on our Benefit Advice page. Please remember that Caledonia and Cordale are here to help, please get in touch if you are worried about your finances.