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An essential guide to benefits, money advice, energy advice and other support

The cost of living has been increasing across the UK since early 2021 with the UK’s annual inflation rate at the highest it has been since 1982, affecting the affordability of goods and services for households - most significantly through rises in home energy costs, food, and fuel.

Find out more information

The information contained here is not exhaustive and is for information purposes and may not apply to your situation. The Highland Council believes the content is correct at the time of publishing however, details are subject to change.

Cost of Living Support Grant

Further information on the Cost of Living Support Grant

Cost of Living Support Grant, read more

Worry about money advice

Financial advice and support is available if you’re struggling, follow the steps in our worrying about money leaflet to find out where to get help in Highland.

Worry about money advice, read more

Scottish Welfare Fund

More information about the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Scottish Welfare Fund, read more

Highland community organisations invited to apply for Cost of Living Support grant

10 Oct 2022

At a meeting of The Highland Council on 22 September 2022, Councillors approved the creation of a Highland-wide grant fund of up to £450,000 to help alleviate the cost-of-living crisis for vulnerable households through community-led initiatives.

Members agree funding allocation for Winter Payment scheme in Inverness area

26 Sep 2022

Members of The Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee have agreed to continue the Winter Discretionary Payments Scheme for eligible people in the Inverness area for 2022/23.

Highland Council sets out proposals to help alleviate the cost-of-living crisis for communities

16 Sep 2022

Highland Council is to consider a £3.223m package of proposals to help alleviate the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on Highland residents.