Perth & Kinross Council is urging all residents who may be struggling to pay bills, heat their homes or feeling overwhelmed by 2020 not to suffer in silence.
They are launching a fund to help tackle financial insecurity this winter with money from the Scottish Government.
With its share of £20 million from the Scottish Government, the fund aims to aim to support households with essential needs and priority debts over the winter.
Perth & Kinross Council leader Councillor Murray Lyle said: “We understand many households are struggling financially this Christmas.
“We have created this fund, using our share of Scottish Government funding, to help those most in need at this time.”
This announcement means that homes with a child of any age, with a disability, which get a Council Tax Reduction will receive a one-off payment of £80 for each eligible child.
Among other pay outs, the council will be supporting people who have priority debts such as fuel, extra costs because of rural living and financial difficulty accessing online.
Mr Lyle added: “We know that what is a time of joy for many of us can bring additional stress and worry for those less fortunate.
“We hope the money goes some way to ensuring those families in financial hardship have some extra financial assistance over the festive season.”
Applications for this funding are expected to be made within five working days.
Equalities Champion Councillor Peter Barrett added: “As someone who is directly involved in supporting several community food initiatives I know this money will provide a lifeline to many our most vulnerable families over winter.
“But anyone who is struggling this winter should contact our Welfare Rights Team to see what additional help is available to them.”
Applications can be made via www.pkc.gov.uk/financialinsecurityfund or by calling: 0345 30 111 00.
The council also say, ‘Anyone who is in financial crisis and needs money to tide them over until they are paid should apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund for a Crisis Grant by calling 01738 476900 or by visiting www.pkc.gov.uk/scottishwelfarefund.’