Cost of living support
As announced by the Scottish Government on 10 February 2022, additional support will be provided to low income households to help tackle the cost of living crisis. Eligible households will receive a £150 Cost of Living Award.
The £150 Cost of Living Award will be provided to either:
- A person who lives in a property in any Council Tax valuation band, is liable for Council Tax and is in receipt of Council Tax Reduction (CTR);
- A person who lives in and is liable for Council Tax for a Band A - D property and does not receive Council Tax Reduction (CTR);
- Certain categories of person living in a property exempt from Council Tax
You do not have to apply. You will receive one single award of £150 per property, even if more than one Council Tax Reduction (CTR) award applies to that dwelling.
Eligibility – Persons in receipt of Council Tax Reduction (CTR)
Eligibility is based on being in receipt of any amount of CTR (including the second adult rebate) on Monday 14 February 2022 and living in the property to which it applies. Qualification for any other dates will not be considered. The Cost of Living Award will be credited to your 2022-23 Council Tax bill issued in March 2022.
Eligibility – Persons not in receipt of Council Tax Reduction (CTR) but living in properties in Council Tax Bands A –D
A person not in receipt of CTR on Monday 14 February 2022 but living in and liable for Council Tax for a single property in Council Tax Bands A – D on that date will also be eligible for the £150 Cost of Living Award. The Cost of Living Award will be credited to your 2022-23 Council Tax bill issued in March 2022. No payment shall be made in relation to unoccupied properties including second homes and other properties that are no person’s main residence.
Eligibility - Low income households exempt from Council Tax
In certain circumstances, persons living in properties exempt from Council Tax will be eligible for the £150 Cost of Living Award. A cheque will be issued by 30 April 2022 for those who meet the specific exemption categories detailed below:
- all the occupants are under 18;
- all the occupants are care leavers;
- all the occupants are severely mentally impaired;
- the property is unoccupied because the resident has gone to someone else's home to provide care or the resident receives care elsewhere
We will not employ third parties to gather information on our behalf. If you have reason to believe that someone contacting you does not work for the council please contact us immediately. You should never give out your personal details to someone you do not trust.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Q. Who is eligible to receive a Cost of Living Award?
A. See a breakdown of the eligibility criteria detailed above.
Q. Do I need to apply for the Cost of Living Award?
A. No. If you are eligible the payment will automatically be credited to your 2022-23 Council Tax bill.
Q. When will I receive the award?
A. If you are eligible, the award will be applied as a credit to your 2022-23 Council Tax bill, due to be received in March 2022. However, for those who meet the specific exemption categories detailed above, a cheque will be issued by 30 April 2022.
Q. Will I get an award for each member of my household?
A. No. If you are eligible for payment, you will receive one single award of £150 per dwelling, even if more than one CTR award applies to that dwelling.
Q. As a student, am I entitled to the Cost of Living Award?
A. No. There is currently no provision for students to receive this award under the Scottish Government's guidance.
Q. Will this award affect my claim for Universal Credit?
A. If you receive Universal Credit, then this award will be counted as capital. This will not normally affect the amount you receive unless you have savings or other capital totalling over £6,000. If you are concerned that this award could impact your Universal Credit award, you should report this in your journal by signing in to your Universal Credit account or by calling the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644.
This award will be disregarded in full for other benefits and for income tax purposes.
Q. I believe I should be in receipt of Council Tax Reduction. What can I do?
A. If you are not already receiving Council Tax Reduction and believe you may be eligible you can find out more on the council website.
Q. I believe I should have received this award but haven’t. Who should I contact?
A. You should use our enquiry form.
If you have any other questions about the Cost of Living Award please use our enquiry form.
Q. Where can I find further information on the Cost of Living Award?
A. For further information on the Cost of Living Award, please visit the Scottish Government website.
The free Money Talk Team service is also available to help ensure you receive all the support you are entitled to. Delivered by Citizen’s Advice Scotland, this can be accessed by calling 0800 085 7145, or you can find out more on their website.