Low Income Pandemic Payment

What is a Low Income Pandemic Payment (LIPP)?

The First Minister announced that a one-off £130 Low Income Pandemic Payment (LIPP) would be made by 31 October 2021 to households who are either:

  1. in receipt of Council Tax Reduction Council Tax Reduction Scheme (argyll-bute.gov.uk)  for at least one day during the period 1 April to 30 April 2021 or
  2. were exempt or had no liability for Council Tax Council Tax (argyll-bute.gov.uk) during the month of April 2021, for one of the following reasons:

              - living in temporary accommodation, including a refuge

              - home is unoccupied because you were being cared for or are caring for someone else

              - all members of the household were care leavers, under 18 or severely mentally impaired

The deadline for customers to give the Council updated bank details for Low Income Pandemic Payments (LIPP) has now passed and the form has been removed from the Council website with effect 5 November. The Council is working hard to issue Low Income Pandemic Payments (LIPP) to eligible customers by BACS. We had hoped to pay everybody by 31 October and we have made more than half of the payments before that deadline. There are still some payments to be processed this week and we expect payments will clear in customer bank accounts by Wednesday 17 November at the latest. We are very sorry for the delay, it is attributed to staff shortages at the Royal Mail side which caused delays in delivering important letters to customers. All customers who are eligible for the LIPP payment but who have not given us their bank details by Friday 5 November will now have their Council Tax accounts credited with £130 to reduce their ongoing Council Tax liability in the 2021/2022.

In the meantime, if you have any further enquiries about the LIPP please e-mail the Council on LIPP@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Find out more about Low Income Pandemic Payment on the Scottish Government wesbite