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Our Advice Adds Up
20th September 2021

Today (20th September 2021) we launch Our Advice Adds Up, our campaign encouraging you to seek advice from your local CAB, our online advice site or Money Map tool if you are worried about money right now. Find out how…

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Warm Home Discount Scheme
8th September 2021

The Warm Home Discount Scheme has opened with Scottish Power, British Gas, EDF and E.on.Other suppliers, are yet to open their scheme, but you can register your interest to be notified of when they open.Keep an eye out on your…

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£20 Universal Credit Uplift

In response to the pandemic, an extra £20 per week was added on to Universal Credit payments. However, this is due to officially end on the 6th October. The exact date the extra money will stop being paid will depend…

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Best Start Foods Increase

Best Start Foods payments have increased this month to help boost family incomes. Best Start Foods supports families on low incomes to buy healthy food for children under three. Payments are made every four weeks on a pre-paid card to…

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Job Start Payment
5th July 2021

Young people aged between 16-24 years old are being urged to apply for the Job Start Payment if they are starting a new job after a period of unemployment. Eligible 16-24 year olds, who have been on certain benefits for…

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Civil Partnership News

The Scottish Parliament passed a new law which will make civil partnership available to mixed sex couples from 30 June 2021.You must give notice to the registrar at least 29 days before the date you’d like to enter your civil…

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Struggling to pay your household bills?
13th January 2021

Overwhelmed with money worries? Check if you could be paying less on your bills or if you’re missing out on extra income. Our money map tool has done all the hard work for you by pulling together online sources to…

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Coronavirus - getting benefits if you’re self-isolating

If you can’t work because you’re self-isolating, you might be able to get: a self-isolation support grant from your local councilStatutory Sick Pay (SSP) from your employerEmployment and Support Allowance (ESA) from the government You can’t get SSP and ESA…

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Check if your redundancy is fair
9th November 2020

You might be told you’re at risk of redundancy if your employer has one or more jobs they can’t afford or no longer need. Your employer has a lot of freedom to choose who they make redundant, but there are…

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Check if you can get a free TV licence
19th August 2020

You might be able to get a free TV licence if someone in your household gets Pension Credit. To get the discount, both of the following must apply to the licence holder: they’re 75 years or olderthey get Pension Credit…

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Help for domestic abuse
7th May 2020

Click here to exit this page quickly If you’ve been threatened or feel unsafe Call the police on 999 to get protection immediately.  Ask the police to refer you to specialist domestic abuse support or phone Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline…

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Does your relative/neighbour/friend need advice and help? They don’t have a phone or access to internet?
17th April 2020

You can help them contact us. We are engaging with the people who can get in touch with us, but what about the most vulnerable people who don’t own a mobile or don’t have access to the internet? How can…

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Support for other forms of gender-based violence
9th April 2020

Domestic abuse is often linked with other forms of gender-based violence and abuse. Read our advice if you’ve experienced:  intimate photos or videos being shared – read our advice on what to do if your intimate photos or videos are shared without…

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