Scottish Government £130 Low Income Pandemic Payment


The Scottish Government Low Income Pandemic Support Payment (LIPP) is intended to provide additional financial support to people living on low incomes.  Whilst restrictions are being eased, many households will continue to face increased challenges in meeting their basic needs in 2021-22.

Households are eligible to receive the payment if they satisfy one of the following criteria for at least one day during April 2021:  

  • Households in receipt of Council Tax Reduction (CTR): OR
  • Exempt from Council Tax - all the occupants are under 18; all the occupants are care leavers; all the occupants are severely mentally impaired; the property is unoccupied because the resident has gone to someone else's home to provide care or the resident receives care elsewhere; OR
  • Certain other households who have no Council Tax liability.  

Payments have been credited to the Council Tax accounts of those who received a letter from the Council earlier in the summer and did not apply before 31st August 2021. Revised bills have been issued showing the £130 payment and reduced monthly instalments.

Inverclyde Council wrote on 1st September 2021 to the final group of householders who qualify for this payment. 

Those who received a letter dated 1st September 2021 and pay Council Tax by Direct Debit will receive the payment into the bank, building society or credit union account from which they pay Council Tax by 30th September.  

Those who applied by 17th September and do not pay by Direct Debit and those who applied by that date to have the payment sent to another account or directly to their 2021/22 Council Tax account can also expect payment by 30th September. 

Anyone who received a letter dated 1st September and who did not apply by 17th September will not miss out because the payment will be credited to their Council Tax account.

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