Cost of Living support

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Shetland Islands Council will be making ‘cost of living’ contributions to all households in Shetland who were in receipt of Council Tax Reduction on 27th September 2023.

Contributions will be made by a payment of £150.00 directly to Council Tax accounts.  These payments will mean that over 1,000 households in Shetland will be able to reduce instalments, create credit payments, or be able to divert money to other priorities.

The cost of living contribution has been made possible through the Islands Cost Crisis Emergency Funding, received by the Council from the Scottish Government, to support the higher cost of living in Shetland this winter.   

Other measures providing breakfasts to secondary school children across Shetland, from October to March next year; payment of holiday food payment to families in receipt of Free School Meals; and supporting the St Ringan’s Hub and Community Pop-Ins, for purchase of items, and delivery of cooking and budgeting.  These are being delivered by the Council’s Anchor for Families and Community Learning and Development Teams.

Emma Macdonald, Council Leader, said: “This is a welcome contribution to households, as we enter the challenging winter months.  As always, I encourage people to come forward to seek help and guidance, should they feel under pressure.”

Information is available on at www.shetland.gov.uk/costofliving or by phoning 0800 030 8780.  Support is also available through St Ringan’s and Community Pop-Ins in your local area.

Council Tax Reduction is a mean-tested benefit that can be applied for by households on a low income or in receipt of certain benefits.

Any householders who feel that they may qualify for a Council Tax Reduction can find more details and apply online at https://www.shetland.gov.uk/support-grants-benefits/housing-benefit

For more details on the Islands Cost Crisis Emergency Funding, please go to - https://www.gov.scot/news/financial-support-for-islanders/

Published: 20th November 2023