Contact us

During this difficult period, we’re experiencing significant pressures and need to prioritise services to provide support to those who need it most. We really appreciate your patience and support at this time.

Customer contact centre

To help with the efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus, we’re providing critical services and support only in our contact centre. This means we’ll be running an essential and emergency phone service to help our most vulnerable residents. 

Use our online services

Please make use of our online services wherever possible

Support for those most at risk and hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak will be prioritised in all circumstances. If you’re experiencing an emergency or critical situation please phone

0131 200 2000.

Please only phone if the issue is urgent. Otherwise, if the service you wish to access isn’t available on our website, please email us and we’ll deal with your enquiry as soon as possible. You’ll find email addresses for our services below.

Council house repairs

For a short period of time, we are only able to carry out critical responsive repairs in Council homes. We have made this decision because it’s vital that we do everything we can to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) whilst at the same time we look after vulnerable people, protect staff from harm and maintain, as far as possible, essential services.

Critical responsive repairs will be carried out where

  • There is a serious risk to health and safety
  • There a serious risk to the structure of your home
  • Your home is not secure.

To report an emergency repair please call 0131 200 2345. Please only report emergencies on this number – this will allow us to prioritise the most urgent repairs for our most vulnerable tenants.

Waste and environmental services

We’re working hard to keep our bin services running and have put plans in place to allow us to continue to run collections. Staff shortages mean that we need to prioritise some collections and there will be changes to your collections and our street cleaning services, including some services running late. 

Find out more about out waste and recycling service.

Please use our waste online services where possible. If the service you require isn’t available on our website you can email waste.

Please only phone us if the issue is dangerous and a threat to public safety

0131 200 2000.

Council Tax, benefits and welfare

You can find guidance in our Council Tax, benefits and welfare FAQs.

Due to the overwhelming demand we are continuing to support telephone contact, however, due to significantly reduced resources in our contact centre, our Council Tax and Benefits phone line will now be open

  • Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm
  • Friday 10am to 3pm.

If you need to speak to someone in the service as an emergency please phone

0131 608 1111.

We would request that all other contact is via email to income and benefits. We will come back to you promptly and are currently streamlining our service and resources to cope with current demand.

If you need debt or welfare advice, you can contact our advice shop.

COVID-19 contact for vulnerable people

If you’ve received a letter from Scottish Government about shielding, and need help with food or medicines, you can contact us by email or the telephone number below

0131 200 2388.

Council resilience centres

Five Council resilience centres have been established across the city. These are not open to the general public. Customers are asked to attend in person only if it is critical and you are:

  • experiencing homelessness
  • experiencing serious or significant harassment
  • collecting an agreed cash payment

The Centres are located in:

  • Wester Hailes - South West Locality Office, 10 Westside Plaza, EH14 2SP
  • West Pilton Gardens – North West Locality Office, 8 West Pilton Gdns, EH4 4DP
  • Captain's Road - South East Locality Office, 40 Captain’s Rd, EH17 8QF
  • Craigmillar - North East Locality Office, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DS
  • Leith - Criminal Justice/ Social Work Centre, Newkirkgate Shopping Centre Units C&D, Newkirkgate Shopping Centre, Edinburgh EH6 6AD

All the centres operate 10am to 4pm, with the exception of Craigmillar which operates 8.30am to 5pm Mon-Thurs and 8:30am to 4pm Friday.

Homelessness

Day and night, you can call us on

0131 200 2000

for support if you become homeless or need urgent help to find a safe place to stay.

We’re here to help you with our street-based outreach partners Streetwork, who are working across the city to speak to you and support you if you are rough sleeping.

If you are facing a homelessness emergency, we will do everything we can to help you, including the option of meeting you face to face at one of our critical resilience centres above.

If your concern is not an emergency, email us for support and advice:

Requests and enquiries

Many of our services have online forms which allow you to access services at a time that is convenient to you.

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If you require to contact us outside our standard office hours please use the numbers below.

Social Care Direct - adults and children

0131 200 2324
[email protected]

Locality offices

Find contact details for your local office

Administrative headquarters

4 East Market Street
Edinburgh
EH8 8BG

Council headquarters

City Chambers
High Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1YJ

If you need to contact us please check the phone number for the service you require.

Website enquiries

If you have questions or issues with our new registration and sign in process, or any of our online services, please email [email protected] 

Comments and complaints

Find out how to give feedback on our services

Service for hard of hearing and deafened people

You can contact us via Relay UK by dialing 18001 + the required telephone number free of charge but standard network rates for your phone provider may apply. Please check with your provider. More information about Relay UK.

Service for Deaf people

To use British Sign Language interpreting service free of charge to contact us, log on via ContactSCOTLAND-BSL or use their app

Interpretation and translation

If you need information in another language please contact our Interpretation and Translation Service.