Is the cost of living crisis affecting you?
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Check what extra help you could get if you’re struggling with the Cost of Living, including the Cost of Living Payment Scheme.
You should check if you can claim benefits - you might be able to do this even if you have a job.
The following information applies from 1st April 2023.
If you are not receiving any of the above or need extra help:
When you do a benefits calculation, as well as listing your benefits entitlements, we will let you know if you are eligible for any other entitlements. This includes the Cold Weather Payment, boiler or insulation grants, free school meals, Best Start (Scotland), free TV Licence, and many more.
Get in touch with your utility providers:
- Gas and Electric: Many of the big energy firms provide grants to help people who are behind with payments. These are mainly allocated to the company's own customers but sometimes to anyone who applies. MoneySavingExpert.com has a list of the grants available.
- Telecoms: If you are claiming benefits you may be able to apply for a social tariff for your broadband, landline or mobile which could save you £100s per year. The telecoms regulator Ofcom has a list of the social tariffs available.
Ask for help:
- If you need assistance to use the benefits calculator, wish to discuss your benefit check results, or need help with an application, book a Cost of Living appointment for a date and time that suits you Book a Cost of Living Appointment | Fife Council or call our helpline on 0800 952 0330 ( Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm)
- If you need advice or help to deal with your debt problems and get your finances back in shape, contact the Money Advice Team at Citizens Advice & Rights Fife Home | CARF Money Advice (cabfife.org.uk)
- Find a wide range of advice and support, from help with food and fuel to travel costs and your health on our dedicated Cost of Living website: Cost of Living Support (fife.scot)