Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and Updates

Updates on council services, latest news and information relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Benefits

Find out if you are eligible for any benefits available to West Lothian citizens, as well as information on benefit fraud.

Details of how to apply and who can apply for Crisis and Community Care Grants through the Scottish Welfare Fund.
Housing Benefit is administered by West Lothian Council on behalf of the Government.
The benefit cap is a limit on the total amount of benefits that working-age claimants can receive. The cap was first introduced in 2013 followed by a new, lower cap level which took effect in November 2016.
The Discretionary Housing Payment fund is a "cash limited" fund available for "short term" assistance for those people who face "real hardship" as a result of not being able to meet their housing costs. Discretionary Housing Payments are available to assist council tenants, tenants of registered social landlords and tenants who are renting in the private sector.
You maybe entitled to housing benefit or council tax reduction, you can use the online benefit calculator on this page to work out if you are entitled.
There are a lot of changes being introduced as part of the welfare benefits system over the next year as a result of the Welfare Reform Act.
Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) helps people on a low income pay all or part of their Council Tax.
The Scottish Government has committed to providing a grant of £500 to individuals who are working and in receipt of low income if they will lose earnings as a result of being required to self-isolate. The purpose of the grant is to financially support individuals to help them comply with the Test & Protect Service's requirement to self-isolate for 10-days to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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