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Crisis support

A limited amount of financial support is available to those of us who are perhaps unable to pay bills or are experiencing hardship. Some of this support will be provided automatically to eligible people who are pre-identified and some must be applied for.

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Fuel Hardship Fund

£150 one-off payment to people who are:

  • working
  • on a low income
  • not in receipt of income-based benefits

You must apply for this fund before the deadline on 31 March 2023.

NLC Child Payment

£125 one-off payment per child in receipt of free school meals (this does not apply to the universal P1-5 free school meal provision) and/or school clothing grant. You do not need to apply.

Parents/guardians of all eligible children will receive this money directly into their bank accounts by the end of the second week in November 2022.

Scottish Welfare Fund

You can apply for a crisis grant or a community care grant via the Scottish Welfare Fund. The team can be contacted at or by calling 0300 555 0405. This fund is available throughout the year.

Cost of living payment

£650, paid in two separate instalments of £326 and £324. You do not need to apply. The first instalment was paid in July 2022. The second will be paid in Oct/Nov 22.

To be eligible for this you must be in receipt of one of the following means-tested benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Working tax or child tax credits
  • Pension Credit

Disability cost of living payment

£150 one-off payment for people on the following benefits (this payment will be made automatically during Oct 2022):

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Adult Disability Payment (ADP)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

Pensioner cost of living payment

£300 one-off payment to all households that include at least one person over state pension age. It will be paid with your normal Winter Fuel payment at some point between November 2022 and January 2023.

Scottish child payment

You may be eligible for this payment if you live in Scotland are in receipt of an income-based benefit and you or your partner are the main person looking after your child or children.

From the 14 November 2022 you can claim a Scottish child payment for each child you look after who is under the age of 16. You could be eligible to receive a payment of £25 per week per child.

This is a payment that you must apply for. The increased sum (from £20 to £25 per week) and the broader age group (from 0-6 to 0-16) come into effect on 14 November.

Further help

Visit the Benefits and Money page for information about all benefits.

Alternatively, contact our Tackling Poverty Team at who will help you to ensure you are receiving all the money you are entitled to.

Page last updated:
16 Mar 2023

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