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.

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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.

HMRC: Child Benefit rate rise

From the 6th April 2024 millions of families in receipt of child benefit will automatically receive an increase. For more information click below.

HMRC: Child Benefit rate rise, 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

Inverness Warm Welcome

A number of venues across Inverness have opened their doors to offer a warm welcome and bring people together. Enjoy some Highland hospitality and make new friends. Additional support is also available at some venues.

Inverness Warm Welcome, read more

Highland Housing Register Policy continues to prioritise those in greatest housing need

9 Nov 2023

Highland Housing Register Policy continues to prioritise those in greatest housing need

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.