Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has provided a summary of what support is available to individuals who find themselves in hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Universal Credit

Individuals should apply for this as soon as possible online if you have any problems you should contact the local Job Centre on 01851 743663 / 743664. For applications due to COVID-19, an advance is available immediately following identity verification.

If individuals have been paying Class 1 NI contributions for the past 2-3 years they may also be entitled to Job Seeker’s Allowance.

Council Tax Reduction

If your circumstances have changed you may be eligible for the Council Tax Reduction scheme if you are on a low income and have capital under £16,000. You can apply here.

Scottish Welfare Fund

This provides a safety net in a disaster or emergency, when there is an immediate threat to health or safety. The application form is available on the Comhairle’s website and if you can’t access this you can call 01851 822642.