Benefits

Don't miss out on the financial support you're entitled to. Find information on grants and benefits and how to access them.

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Advice about Benefits

Benefits are payments that are there to help people with the cost of living. Some are means-tested and based on your income and savings, while others are not. 

We all need some support now and then. That's why it's important to look after each other, and these benefits are there to help us do just that.

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Understanding what benefits you're entitled to

Knowing the benefits that are right for you and how to apply for them doesn't need to be confusing. From one-off payments to help with school uniforms, to ongoing support for living costs, there are a lot of different benefits out there. That's why it's important to find out what you're entitled to, and there are services available to help you to do just that. 

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Citizens Advice Scotland

The Citizens Advice network in Scotland offers free, impartial and confidential advice for people. Trained advisers can help maximise your income through benefits and grants, cut your costs and help manage debt.

Citizens Advice Scotland's Money Map tool highlights benefits & grants you could be entitled to and where you can access and apply for these. The Money Map tool also helps you to find ways to make the most of your money through decreasing your bills and helping meet the costs of daily living. 

Information on benefits and grants can also be accessed free online from Citizens Advice Scotland's public advice site.

You may be entitled to a council tax discount called Council Tax Reduction, aimed at those who are struggling to pay council tax. Citizens Advice Scotland's CAS Council Tax tool will tell you if you can make savings on council tax and whether you are entitled to a discount, reduction or exemption. 

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Citizens Advice Bureaux

Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can give you free, confidential and impartial advice. An adviser will be able to talk through your situation and work out the next steps. 

Find your local bureau and get in touch today. Please note demand on local CABs is high and there will be reduced opening times over the festive period. 

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Social Security Scotland

Social Security Scotland currently delivers 11 different types of benefits for people who live in Scotland. The benefits they provide includes help for families on low incomes, those who need support paying for a funeral, disabled people, carers, young people entering the workplace and to help people heat their homes. You can access their free benefits guide here to find out more. 

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Help getting the right benefits

If you’re not sure where to start, try using one of these free benefit calculators below. They are there to help people find out what types of support they're eligible for.

Turn2us: A calculator that can tell you what benefits, council tax reductions, and tax credits you might be entitled to. It can also give you an idea of how much you are entitled to, and how your income may affect payments.

Policy in Practice: A calculator that can tell you what benefits, council tax reductions, and tax credits you might be eligible for. It can also give you an idea of how much you are entitled to and how your income may affect payments.

Entitledto: A calculator that helps you understand which benefits you’re entitled to.

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Organisations that can help

Citizens Advice Scotland

Citizens Advice Scotland offers free impartial advice for people with money, legal and housing among other things.

Keywords

  • housing
  • savings

Advice Direct Scotland

Advice Direct Scotland provide financial advice to people who need it. They offer a free benefit calculator and information on how to manage debt on their website.  

Keywords

  • benefit calculator
  • debt advice
  • debt solutions

Council Tax Savings Tool

Citizens Advice Scotland's CAS Council Tax tool will tell you if you can make savings on council tax and whether you are entitled to a discount, reduction or exemption. 

Keywords

  • budgeting
  • council tax

Parent Club

Parent Club provide money support specifically for families. They offer personalised chats with their money talk team, help understanding what ELC hours your child is entitled to and general money advice. 

Keywords

  • budgeting
  • family
  • savings

Entitledto

Entitledto provide a calculator that helps you understand which benefits you’re entitled to.

Keywords

  • benefit calculator
  • budgeting

Policy in Practice

Policy in Practice provide a free calculator that can tell you what benefits, council tax reductions, and tax credits you might be eligible for. 

Keywords

  • benefit calculator

Turn2us

Turn2us offers a free calculator that can tell you what benefits, council tax reductions, and tax credits you might be entitled to. 

Keywords

  • benefit calculator
  • budgeting

Social Security Scotland

Social Security Scotland is a Scottish Government Agency responsible for social security provision.

Keywords

  • budgeting
  • family
  • housing
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