Cost of Living Awards

 

Inverclyde Council - Cost of Living Award - £350

The fund closed to new applications on 24 August 2022.

Inverclyde Council agreed as part of the 2022/23 council budget additional support of £3m to low income families and a further £500,000 met from the council’s share of Scottish Government funding towards supporting recovery from Covid-19.  A one-off payment of £350 has been made to almost 10,000 households in Inverclyde who at 24 February 2022 were in receipt of Council Tax reduction and certain households exempt from paying Council Tax, including those occupied exclusively by students. 

Payment and Delivery     

The majority of payments were paid directly to bank accounts.  Those who qualified and did not reply with their bank details received a credit to their 2022/23 Council Tax account.   

Requests for the £350 payment to be refunded will be treated in the same way as other Council Tax account credit balance refund requests with credits being offset against current and prior year debt.   Refunds can be requested by contacting the service directly by email or through the Customer Service Centre. 

 

Scottish Government - Cost of Living Award - £150

The fund closed to new applications on 10 August 2022.

A Cost of Living Award was announced as part of the 2022-23 Scottish Budget announcement on 10 February 2022.  It was additional support for low income households to help tackle the cost of living crisis. The Cost of Living Award was for £150 and was provided to households in receipt of Council Tax reduction, certain households exempt from paying Council Tax and households liable for council tax for a council tax Band A-D dwelling.   

Payment and Delivery     

The Scottish Government’s overriding objective was for the award to be made to eligible households before the end of April 2022.  Local Authorities had discretion over the method used to make direct payments.  Inverclyde Council’s administrative systems can facilitate payments being made as a credit to the council tax accounts of eligible persons so in line with the majority of councils in Scotland, a payment was made to the 2022/23 account.  The result is a reduction in monthly instalments or for those whose accounts are placed into credit, a refund can be requested by contacting the service directly by email or through the Customer Service Centre. 

 

Treatment for Benefits and Tax

For information about how the Cost of Living Awards are treated for Benefits and Tax, see document “Treatment for Benefits and Tax” within the Documents section of this page.

 

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