The Scottish Government has announced the launch of a website providing information on how people can get support with the cost of living crisis.
The website was one of the commitments in the Programme for Government 2022-23, and will act as a ‘one stop shop’ for advice and financial support to those who need it during the current financial climate.
The website will include information ranging from how households can meet rising energy and housing costs, to Scottish and UK social security payments and an online benefits calculator.
Shona Robison, Social Justice Secretary, said:
“I know that people are struggling with the cost of living crisis right now and may not know where to turn for help. Our cost off living website is a trustworthy online resource with information on the wide range of vital support available.
“No one should feel alone in this crisis and this website, along with our campaign, aims to encourage people to find out if they are eligible for the extensive support available to access the advice they need. We want everyone to get all the financial support an help that is available so I would encourage people to apply for the payments that they are entitled to – it might just be the lifeline that is needed right now.
“We have allocated almost £3 billion in this financial year to contribute towards mitigating the increased cost of living crisis and the new website highlights the wide range of support at hand. Our package spans a range of support, for energy bills, childcare, health and travel, as well as social security payments that are not available anywhere else in the UK. The website is an important signpost towards them all.
“The cost of living crisis is impacting every household in the UK and the Scottish Government will continue to do everything within its powers and finite budget to ensure people are supported as far as possible.”