Cost of Living Payment

In February 2022, the Scottish Government announced a £150 Cost of Living Award to provide additional support to eligible households to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

To be eligible for the payment one of the following criteria must be met as at 14 February 2022.

  • a person who lives in a dwelling in any Council Tax valuation band, is liable for Council Tax and is in receipt of Council Tax Reduction (CTR)
  • a person who lives in and is liable for Council Tax for a Council Tax Band A-D dwelling
  • certain categories of person living in a property exempt from Council Tax.

No payment shall be made in relation to unoccupied properties including second homes and other dwellings that are no person's main residence.

No payment shall be made in relation to dwellings, such as those owned by the Ministry of Defence, where charge in lieu of Council Tax arrangements apply.

No payment shall be made under these criteria in relation to dwellings exempt from Council Tax, although a person residing in such a dwelling may be eligible under the entitlement conditions described at below.

Eligibility - low income households exempt from Council Tax

In certain circumstances, persons living in dwellings exempt from Council Tax will be eligible for the £150 Cost of Living Award. Specifically, persons living in dwellings where:

  • all the occupants are under 18
  • all the occupants are care leavers
  • all the occupants are severely mentally impaired
  • the property is unoccupied because the resident has gone to someone else's home to provide care or the resident receives care elsewhere.

Payment method

The payment is to be made by 30 April 2022 and there will only be one payment per household.

A credit of £150 will be deducted from your 2022/23 Council Tax bill. This will reduce your monthly instalments over your agreed payment frequency.

If this results in a credit balance on your Council Tax A/c a refund will be issued to you by 30 April.

We cannot provide an alternative payment option.

Crediting the Cost of Living Award to your Council Tax bill also counters the risk of fraud as there is no requirement to collect bank details which involves risk and protects vulnerable people.

Treatment for tax and benefit purposes

The payment will be disregarded for

  • Council Tax Reduction
  • Income Tax
  • HMRC benefits
  • DWP benefits except Universal Credit where total capital is greater than £6,000 before or as a result of this payment

If you need benefits or debt advice our Welfare Rights team can help you. They can be contacted via their online referral form or telephone the ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778, or text Angus to 60040. Standard SMS charges apply.