Council Tax, benefits and welfare - Coronavirus advice

Welfare and benefits advice

If you’re no longer able to work or have had hours reduced, and don’t have any savings or other sources of income, we may be able to help. 

Advice shop

Our Advice shop has lots of information to help with

  • support for employees and benefit claimants
  • Universal Credit
  • employees who may be laid off or made redundant
  • crisis grants and foodbanks
  • pay your rent
  • pay your mortgage
  • gas and electricity costs
  • debt and money advice
  • emergency support.

You can also get

  • free
  • independent
  • confidential  
  • impartial

advice at Citizens Advice Edinburgh

If your income has changed and you currently receive Housing Benefit and Council Tax reduction you can report a change that affects your benefits

Universal Credit

You may be eligible for Universal Credit to help with your living costs, including help towards your rent. 

Apply for Universal Credit

Phone our helpline Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm

0800 328 5644.

Crisis Grant – Scottish Welfare Fund

A Crisis Grant is money given to those in financial crisis. The grant is tax free and you don't have to pay it back.

Find out how to apply and if you’re eligible