Grants and financial assistance

Find out about benefits you may be entitled to to help with the cost of living

There's a range of help available to help with the cost of living.

Cost of Living £650 payment

If you're in receipt of means tested benefits you'll receive a one-off cost of living payment of £650 this year, made in two instalments.

Who can get it?

You'll be eligible for the cost of living payment if you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit

How much will I get?

You'll get £650.  DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) will make the payment automatically in two lump sums - the first from July, the second in the autumn.

Help if you're experiencing illness or disability

If you or a family member are experiencing illness or disability, you could be entitled to assistance from social security. This includes Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (for adults under state retirement age), Attendance Allowance (for those over state retirement age), and Child Disability Payment, for children under 16, for new claims.

If you're too unwell to work, you may be entitled to New Style Employment and Support Allowance and/or Universal Credit with limited capability for work or work related activity

More information is available on the useful benefits section of our website.

Make a Carer's Allowance claim

If you are a carer, you may also be entitled to Carer's Allowance and/or an extra payment called the Carer's element within Universal Credit.

How much can I get?

You could be entitled to £69.70 a week in Carer's Allowance if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and you, the person you care for and the type of care you provide meets the criteria.

How do I apply?

Making a claim could affect the benefits of the person you care for.

Contact our MART team call 0141 577 8420 or email mart@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk for advice prior to submitting a claim.

Pension Credit

If you're over State Pension age, check if you're eligible for Pension Credit. It provides extra money for living costs as well as access to additional support. 

If you're of State Pension age and have savings, own your own home or have a retirement income, you may still be entitled to Pension Credit. 

Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

If you receive the winter fuel payment, you'll receive a one-off £300 payment this year to help cover the rising cost of energy this winter.

Last modified on 10 August 2022