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.
Individuals should Apply for Universal Credit Online (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) as soon as possible. If you have any problems you should contact the local Job Centre on 01851 743663 / 743664. For applications due to COVID19 an advance is available immediately following identity verification.
If they 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. Apply for Council Tax Reduction
Scottish Welfare Fund
This provides a safety net in a disaster or emergency, when there is an immediate threat to health or safety.
If you can’t access this, you can call 01851 822642.