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Published 7 December 2020

East Renfrewshire Council is reminding residents who may be struggling financially as a result of Covid-19 that they can apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund for help with essential living costs.

The Scottish Welfare Fund is open to those on low income and require assistance with food or heating costs. There are two grants within the fund. The Crisis Grant is available for those in a crisis situation such as a fire or flood in the home or unexpected financial hardship. The Community Care Grant helps with costs to live in the community or keep your family together.

Once a Crisis Grant application has been made, the Council will make a decision no later than the end of the next working day. The grant is tax free and doesn't need to be paid back.

Housing and Maintenance Services Convener, Councillor Danny Devlin said: 'This has been an extremely tough year for many and the festive period can be especially difficult for those on a low income or experiencing a crisis, however the Scottish Welfare Fund is in place to help mitigate in these situations. I would encourage anyone facing hardship to get in touch with our staff who will be able to explain the process and assist in making an application.'

Read more about the Scottish Welfare Fund on our website or call 0141 577 3475.

Last modified on 11 December 2020