Everyone is feeling the cost-of-living crisis. We have gathered together links to help, advice and support available to help you through the challenges you may be facing during the current cost-of-living crisis.
Cost of Living Crisis - Support Scotland
The Scottish Government is currently running a campaign to offer help through the challenges you may be facing during the cost of living crisis. The Cost of Living - Support Scotland website has lots of advice and support to help you with any questions or concerns you may have including:
- Energy & bills - support with energy, rent or mortgage and other bills.
- Benefits & income - benefits, payments or support with work.
- Children & families - support available if you have children.
- Debt & money - support with debt and money advice.
- Health & wellbeing - support with health costs and mental health.
- Older or disabled people - support available for older and disabled people and those who care for them.
Cost of Living Payments 2023-24
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced cost-of-living payments for 2023-24 totalling up to £900 from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Payments are due to be made over three installments. The first payment of just over £300 is due between April 25 and May 17.
The payments will be made to those eligible. Benefit recipients who will qualify for the upcoming cost-of-living payment also include those who receive income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, income support, working tax credit and child tax credit.
How can I claim the payment?
The payments will be sent automatically and directly into your bank account. It will include a reference of their national insurance number followed by “DWP COL”.
If you are entitled to receive the payment, you do not need to do anything.
Please be aware of scams which may use cost-of-living payments as an opportunity to try and trick people into handing over their banking details or money, by purporting to represent government organisations. You will not need to respond to an email, text or other message instructing you to apply.
More information about cost-of-living payments is available here.
If you need urgent help with money, food or fuel - Glasgow City Council may be able to help through Glasgow Helps. This is a new service set up to offer free, confidential support, information and advice on a wide range of issues including:
- Fuel Support
- Food Support
- Mental Health
- Physical Health
- Housing Issues and much more.
To speak with one of the team, phone 0141 276 1185 or use the Glasgow Helps referral form.
Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) have created links to services providing financial support, food providers and additional support located in the North East: