Help with the cost of living

Cost of living roadshows

Open to everyone. Meet local services and find out how they can help with the cost of living.

  • representatives include Welfare Rights, Housing, Revenues and Benefits, Skills team, Citizens Advice Bureau, Vibrant Communities, Scarf, PENUMBRA, VAA, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, ANGUSalive, NHS and others
  • tea, coffee and soup provided by Community café volunteers
  • cooking on a budget demonstration
  • slow cookers will be given out to support affordable cooking methods
  • free period products
  • ‘grab a bag’ cooking ingredients including recipe cards to take away

Brechin Cathedral Hall

6 Church Lane, DD9 6HD. 2pm to 6:30pm, Wednesday 30 November

RBLS Forfar

1 Academy St, DD8 2HA. 2pm to 6:30pm, Wednesday 7 December


Rising food, energy and fuel costs are making life difficult for many people in Angus.

This page contains links to sources of help and advice from Angus Council, our community partners and external organisations and websites.

We'll update this page regularly with more information and advice as it becomes available.

Use the feedback form at the bottom of the page to let us know if there's anything you would like to see included on this page.

If you need to speak to someone

Our welfare rights advisors offer free confidential advice on issues related to money, debt and benefits.

Find out more and get in touch

If you need help to get online

The Vibrant Communities Team can help you communicate with providers.

You can use our public computers or we can help you use your own device or mobile.

To find out more email BSCommunities@angus.gov.uk or find us on Facebook:

Community spaces

Community spaces offer:

  • a welcoming place to spend time with others
  • information about support, advice and useful resources
  • practical support such as wifi and food

These spaces are open to all, and free or low cost to use.

Find a community space near you.

Benefits, debt and money advice

Our advice adds up
A new campaign by Citizens Advice Scotland to encourage people to seek advice if they are struggling with the cost of living.


Angus Council: benefits and money advice


Angus Council: Funding, housing and employment for young people


Social Security Scotland: Information about benefits 


Department for Work and Pensions: Find out about (DWP) benefits  


Young Scot: What benefits can I claim in Scotland? 


moneyadvice.scot: Free information and support on a wide range of debt-related issues


Money Advice Scotland: Free, regulated money advice service for people with money worries 


Help during the cost of living crisis from Scottish Government


StepChange Debt Charity: Help to deal with debt problems


Find local support with the Independent Food Aid Network


Budgeting tools

Angus Council Budget Planner
Create your own personal budget plan to help take control of your finances.


MoneyHelper Budget Planner
Calculators to help you budget, save and cut back on costs.


If you are receiving Universal Credit you can ask your JCP work coach to refer you for Personal Budgeting Support. This free service is carried out by a local advice agency and can be delivered face-to-face or over the phone.


Broadband and phone

MoneyHelper
Tips on keeping your bills low.

The website also offers advice on saving money on your mobile phone.

O2 Christmas sim card
O2 are "giving away one million GB of free data to support those in need this Christmas".


Social tariffs
Information from Ofcom on cheaper broadband and phone packages for people claiming Universal Credit, Pension Credit and some other benefits.


Business

FindBusinessSupport
Advice on reducing the cost of running your business


Children and families

Free school meals and school clothing grants


Education Maintenance Allowance


Free period products


Lighthouse Kids Clothes Bank (Arbroath) on Facebook


Help paying for your childcare 
Enter your details to find out how you can save money on childcare.


Homestart Angus 
Practical help, reassurance and friendship for families with small children.

 

Employment

If you are considering working or increasing your current hours of work, check for vacancies on the Find a Job service.


Call into your local Jobcentre Plus office to access their job search terminals. 


Invest in Angus have key workers who provide advice and assistance on a range of employability issues such as training grant applications and possible short term funding of childcare costs.


Energy costs

Scarf 
Charity/social enterprise offering free and impartial energy saving advice to help people lower their fuel bills and carbon emissions.. 


Home Energy Scotland
Advice on reducing bills, going green and making your home warmer.


MoneyHelper
How to save money on gas and electricity bills.


Home Heating Support Fund 
Financial support for people in Scotland who are at risk of limiting their own energy usage because of significant financial hardship.


How to optimise your boiler settings without reducing the heating levels
A guide from Nesta.


Tips for reducing the cost of working from home this winter 
From Scottish Business News.


Warmer Homes Scotland
Funding and support to households struggling to stay warm and keep on top of energy bills.


Save energy in the home
Tips on reducing energy consumption.


Grants to help pay off energy debts 

If you’re in debt to your energy supplier, you could apply for a grant to help pay it off. 

The following energy suppliers offer grants to their customers: 

If you can’t get a grant from your supplier, you may be eligible for a grant from the British Gas Energy Trust. You don’t have to be a British Gas customer to apply.


Food bills

Love Food Hate Waste.
An average family could save around £720 a year. Find out how to save money on food bills.


Too Good to Go 
Connects customers to restaurants and stores that have surplus unsold food.


Food Hubs 

Brechin – Brechin Community Pantry 
Provides emergency food and other essential goods to feed people in need in our communities. 


Forfar – S-Mart 
Angus’s first Social Supermarket, tackling food insecurity and reducing food waste in our communities.


Forfar – Angus Upcycling Project 
Provides food to people in need.


Kirriemuir – Kirriemuir Food Hub
Voluntary organisation with a mission to help combat food insecurity and reduce food waste. 


Montrose Food Hub 
Seeks to tackle food insecurity amongst those facing difficult times, through the provision of hampers containing food and other household essentials. 


Funding for charities and community groups

Asda Foundation Cost of Living Grant
Support community groups with increased running costs


National Lottery Community Fund Cost-of-Living Support Scotland
Grants for projects to help support individuals, families and communities currently experiencing hardship as a result of the cost of living increases.


Charity Excellence Framework: Cost of Living and Core Grant Funding - Scotland
Cost of living crisis grant funding for charities, community groups and individuals, including core unrestricted grants and for energy bills and food


Grants for people in need

There are a range of personal charitable grants and benevolent funds to help people in financial need. For more information visit the Turn2Us website.


Crisis grants and community care grants


Angus Charitable Trust


Strangs Mortification (for Forfar residents)


LACER £100 payment for low-income households (Angus Council News, November 2022)


Housing costs

Help with Council Tax payments


Council Tax exemptions and discounts


Homelessness advice and support


Problems paying your rent


Funds for people at risk of homelessness due to housing-related debt


MoneySavingExpert: What to do if you can't pay your mortgage


Shelter Scotland


Libraries

ANGUSalive libraries have a new collection of books covering family finances, upcycling, cooking on a budget, repairing and more.

Reserve your copy to collect from your local library


Mental health, suicide prevention and crisis support

Contacts and information from Angus Council


Angus Health and Social Care Partnership Mental Health and Wellbeing support 


Health and addictions

Smoking

Healthier Scotland offers free support and advice to help you quit smoking. Contact the Tayside Smokeline on 0845 600 99 96 for details on local support sessions.

Alcohol and drugs

Help, advice and support with alcohol and drugs issues in Angus


Travel

Free bus travel