Benefits and financial advice

Information and advice to citizens on benefits and financial support available including food, fuel and housing needs will be provided by your local authority.

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland recognises that these are concerning times and that many individuals and businesses are worried about the impact that the unprecedented disruption of COVID-19 is causing. 

Funding in place to help tenants and residents with fuel bills

Home Energy Scotland has been successful in receiving funding to provide prepayment meter top up vouchers to customers to offset the increased fuel costs caused by being at home longer as a result of the lockdown. Home Energy Scotland has been awarded £148,813 which will provide 3037 £49 prepaid top up vouchers. The funding is for households in the North East of Scotland (including Perth & Kinross, Dundee City, Angus, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray) and will be distributed on a first come first served basis.

The project will last 3 months (or until funding has been fully spent). A person can claim up to 3 vouchers (one voucher per month) during this period. The criteria is as follows:

  • Resident in one of above Local Authority areas
  • Pre-Payment Meter
  • Impacted by Coronavirus – increased time in house/higher energy bills/living in fuel poverty
  • 1 x £49 voucher per household per month (up to £147 if fund lasts for the 3 months)

To apply for the voucher, the household can call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 and request the voucher from 1st July 2020.