Support you could get with energy costs.
If you cannot pay your energy bill
If you have no gas or electricity or are having problems paying your energy bill there may be help available.
Warmer Homes Scotland funding
If you’re a homeowner or a private tenant and meet certain criteria you could qualify for funding to help reduce your energy bills.
£400 energy bill discount
From October, most households will get £400 off their electricity bill through the Energy Bills Support Scheme.
Winter Fuel Payment
If you were born on or before 25 September 1956 you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills.
Winter Heating Payment
If you’re currently eligible for Cold Weather Payment from DWP and your circumstances have not changed, you’ll be eligible for a Winter Heating Payment.
Warm Home Discount
You could get £150 off your electricity bill if you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit or you’re on a low income.
Energy bill savings for renters
If you rent, Home Energy Scotland can tell you how to keep your bills down and what funding you could apply for.
Home Energy Scotland funding
Find out how you can make your home more energy efficient to reduce your bills, and what grants you can apply for.
Help with energy bills
You may able to get help with your energy bills including discounts, payments and energy efficient home improvements.
Problems with your supplier
If you’re having problems with your supplier you can get free, practical advice from energyadvice.scot.
Rent & Mortgage
Support available which could help with your rent or mortgage.
Housing Benefit can help you pay your rent if you’re unemployed, on a low income or claiming benefits.
If you are a private tenant, the law protects you and it’s important to keep up to date with your renting rights. This will allow you to feel more confident in challenging poor or illegal practices if a situation arises.
Can you get help with rent?
You can use an independent benefits calculator to check if you can help with your rent.
Discretionary Housing Payment
If you get Housing Benefit or Universal Credit and cannot afford your rent you may be able to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment.
Rent arrears: Tenant Grant Fund
If you’re worried about rent arrears you could get support from this fund through your local council. It’s for both social and private tenants.
Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI)
If you’re a homeowner and getting certain benefits you could get help towards interest payments on your mortgage.
Shelter Scotland offers housing advice to everyone whether you’re homeless or you own your home.
Home Owners’ Support Fund
If you’re at risk of having your home repossessed, the Home Owners’ Support Fund may be able to help you.
Council tax & bills
Support you could get with council tax and bills like phone and broadband.
Council tax discounts
Depending on your circumstances you could get a discount on your council tax bill or not need to pay anything at all.
Cheaper phone and broadband
Some providers offer cheaper phone and broadband to customers who get certain benefits.
Scottish Welfare Fund
You could get a Crisis Grant if you need financial help in an emergency or a Community Care Grant if you need help living in your community.