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Benefits

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

  • Scottish Welfare Fund

    Details of how to apply and who can apply for Crisis and Community Care Grants through the Scottish Welfare Fund.

  • Housing Benefit

    Housing Benefit is administered by West Lothian Council on behalf of the Government.

  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme

    Council Tax Reduction Scheme replaced Council Tax Benefit on 1 April 2013

  • Benefit Cap

    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.

  • Discretionary Housing Payment Fund

    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.

  • Benefits Calculator

    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.

  • Advice Shop

    The Advice Shop is a free, impartial and confidential service to help the people of West Lothian with a focus to alleviate poverty and to promote inclusion and equality through advice, assistance and advocacy.

  • Benefit Fraud

    What benefit fraud is, how benefit fraud is investigated and how to report someone you suspect of committing benefit fraud.