On 10th February 2022, a Cost Of Living Award was announced as part of the 2022-23 Scottish budget. It's an additional support to help tackle the cost of living crisis. The Cost of Living Award is for £150 and will be awarded to either:
- A person who lives in a dwelling in any Council Tax valuation band, is liable for Council Tax and was in receipt of Council Tax Reduction (CTR) on the 14th February 2022
- A person who lives in and is liable for Council Tax in a band A-D dwelling on 14th February 2022 and does not receive Council Tax Reduction
- Certain types of household otherwise exempt for Council Tax:
- all the occupants are under 18;
- all the occupants are care leavers;
- all the occupants are severely mentally impaired;
- the property is unoccupied because the resident has gone to someone else's home to provide care or the resident receives care elsewhere
- Additionally, persons accessing Housing Support Service and/or living in temporary accommodation or a refuge may be eligible for payment under this scheme. Only one payment will be made in relation to any single dwelling.
How this award will be paid
The Scottish Government’s aim is for the award to be made to eligible households before the end of April 2022. Payments will be made into the council tax accounts of eligible persons, in line with the majority of councils in Scotland.
A payment will be incorporated in the 2022/23 annual bill. For eligible persons, this will mean a reduction in monthly instalments.
If your household is otherwise exempt for Council Tax, you will receive a letter from us in due course.