Coronavirus - Financial support

Are you experiencing financial  hardship?

  • Money advice and help >
    If you are worrying about money, this step-by-step guide can help you to find the support you need.
  • Low Income Pandemic Payments >
    Argyll and Bute Council has identified those who are entitled to the Low Income Pandemic Payment (LIPP) and will be contacting each qualifying person over the next month to arrange for payment to be made. 
  • Self Isolation Support Grants >
    These £500 grants are available to people on a low income who are experiencing financial hardship through being asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Protect. Eligibility was widened from 7th December 2020 to include parents of children who are required to care for children who must self isolate and anyone who may be eligible for universal Credit before they self isolated, but who did not apply for it. Eligibility has been widened from 16th February to include unpaid carers who are required to care for someone over 16 who must self-isolate and anyone who has a low income (as specified by Scottish Government). You can check if you are eligible for a grant here on the Scottish Government website
  • Emergency Grants >
    Grants are available through the Scottish Welfare Fund for anyone on low income, or whose income has been negatively affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, to help with daily living expenses such as food and bills, fuel (help with gas and electricity bills/meters) or heating costs, emergency travel expenses, and for anyone fleeing domestic violence or facing exceptional pressures caused by loss of income or employment.
  • Help with paying your rent >
    If you are having difficulty paying your rent, you can apply for help through Discretionary Housing Payments
  • Flexible Food Fund >
    If you are on a low income, have no savings and need support with the cost of food or fuel costs then the Argyll and Bute Flexible Food Fund may be able to support you
  • Free schools meals and school clothing grants >
    Free school meals and a £100 school grant are available to households on low income, and you can apply online if you do not already receive these. The Scottish Government has also confirmed that free school meals will continue over school holiday periods.
  • Money Advice service >
    Argyll and Bute Advice Services is dedicated to helping anyone who has money worries and to provide advice and assistance on welfare benefits.
  • Welfare Rights service >
    The Welfare Rights team are here to provide information and advice on all aspects of welfare benefits.
  • Advice services >
    Our advice services pages directs you to a variety of resources to help with money, budgeting, debts, benefits and homelessness.