Energy & Bills

Energy Bills

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. 

What you can do if you cannot pay your energy bill

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.

Check if you qualify for Warmer Homes Scotland funding

£400 energy bill discount

From October, most households will get £400 off their electricity bill through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. 

Read more about the £400 energy bill discount

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.

Check if you can get the Winter Fuel Payment

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. 

Read more about 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.

Check if you can get the Warm Home Discount

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.

Check how renters could save on energy bills

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.

Read more about Home Energy Scotland funding

Help with energy bills

You may able to get help with your energy bills including discounts, payments and energy efficient home improvements.

Check what help you can get with you energy bills

Problems with your supplier

If you’re having problems with your supplier you can get free, practical advice from

Check what you can do about problems with energy suppliers

Rent & Mortgage

Support available which could help with your rent or mortgage.

Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit can help you pay your rent if you’re unemployed, on a low income or claiming benefits.

Check if you can claim Housing Benefit

Renter’s rights

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.

Find out more about your renting rights

Can you get help with rent?

You can use an independent benefits calculator to check if you can help with your rent.

Check if you can get 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.

Check if you can 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.

Read about the Tenant Grant Fund and other help with rent

Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI)

If you’re a homeowner and getting certain benefits you could get help towards interest payments on your mortgage.

Check if you can get SMI

Housing advice

Shelter Scotland offers housing advice to everyone whether you’re homeless or you own your home.

Get housing advice from Shelter Scotland

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.

Read more about the Home Owners’ Support Fund

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.

Check if you can pay less council tax

Cheaper phone and broadband

Some providers offer cheaper phone and broadband to customers who get certain benefits.

Check if you can get cheaper phone and broadband

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.

Check if you can get a grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund