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Help with living costs - Scottish Welfare Fund

Last updated: 20 December 2018

Scottish Welfare Fund

The Scottish Welfare Fund helps families and people in Scotland who are on low incomes through Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants.

You can apply for a:

  • Crisis Grant – if you're in crisis because of a disaster (like a fire or flood), or an emergency (like losing your money or an unexpected expense)
  • Community Care Grant – to help you or someone you care for to start to live, or to carry on living, a settled life in the community

You must be 16 or older and on a low income to apply for a Crisis or Community Care Grant.

Local council Christmas and New Year opening times 2018-19

If you're looking to speak to someone about the Scottish Welfare Fund, councils will have the following opening times over the festive period:

Local council 25/12/18 - public holiday 26/12/18 - public holiday 27/12/18 28/12/18 31/12/18 01/01/2019 - public holiday 02/01/2019 - public holiday 03/01/2019
Aberdeen City Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Aberdeenshire Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Angus Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Argyll and Bute Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Clackmannanshire Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Dumfries and Galloway Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Dundee Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
East Ayrshire Closed Closed Closed Open Closed Closed Closed Open
East Dunbartonshire Closed Closed Closed Open Closed Closed Closed Open
East Lothian Closed Closed Open until 2pm Open until 2pm Open until 2pm Closed Closed Open
East Renfrewshire Closed Closed Open Open Open until 2pm Closed Closed Open
Edinburgh Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Eilean Siar Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Open
Falkirk Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Open
Fife Closed Closed Open Open Closed Closed Closed Closed
Glasgow Closed Closed Open Open Open AM only Closed Closed Open
Highland Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Inverclyde Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Midlothian Closed Closed Closed Open Open Closed Closed Open
Moray Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
North Ayrshire Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
North Lanarkshire Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Orkney Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Perth and Kinross Closed Closed Open Closed Closed Closed Closed Open
Renfrewshire Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Scottish Borders Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Shetlands Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed
South Ayshire Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
South Lanarkshire Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
Stirling Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
West Dunbartonshire Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open
West Lothian Closed Closed Open Open Open Closed Closed Open

Councils closed on days that aren't public holidays will have other help in place. This includes:

  • answering machine messages with a contact number for social workers
  • contact centre help
  • an emergency contact number on their website, so you can still contact their social work department

Further help with money problems

You can also get general advice for your money problems from:

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Help with living costs - Scottish Welfare Fund
Scottish Welfare Fund