The Scottish Government have launched a website that offers advice and financial support to people in Scotland struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.
The website includes information on help available for households that are struggling to meet the rising energy costs, rising housing costs and other necessary costs. The website also provides details on accessing Scottish and UK social security payments, including online benefit calculators, and wider health and wellbeing information.
Social Justice Secretary, Shona Robison, said: “I know that people are struggling with the cost of living crisis right now and may not know where to turn for help. Our cost of living website is a trustworthy online resource with information on the wide range of vital support available.
“We have allocated almost £3 billion in this financial year to contribute towards mitigating the increased cost of living crisis and the new website highlights the wide range of support at hand. Our package spans a range of support, for energy bills, childcare, health and travel, as well as social security payments that are not available anywhere else in the UK. The website is an important signpost towards them all.
“The cost of living crisis is impacting every household in the UK and the Scottish Government will continue to do everything within its powers and finite budget to ensure people are supported as far as possible.”
The website was launched by Shona Robison during a visit to the debt help service in Tollcross, Edinburgh which is run by the charity Christians Against Poverty.
Scotland National Director for Christians Against Poverty, Emma Jackson, said: “The new cost of living website from the Scottish Government is a welcome step in helping people to find and access all the vital support that is available to them, including steps to maximise income. People need to know help is available. Now, more than ever, we need to take every action possible to support households who are being hit the hardest by the cost-of-living crisis.”
To learns more about the website and to find out about the help that may be available to you, visit: http://gov.scot/costoflivingsupport.