Step 1 increasing your income

Scottish Government support for council tax

Your local council runs a Council Tax Reduction scheme. Contact them for details of how to apply.

Council tax

If you live on your own you may qualify for a single person discount.

Can I reduce my bill?


Universal Credit

Universal Credit will replace the following benefits and tax credits:

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit.

You may need to apply for Universal Credit if you make a new claim, depending on where you live. Most people who claim benefits should be moved on to Universal Credit by the end of 2021.

Until you receive Universal Credit you can still claim tax credits. Once you get Universal Credit, tax credits will stop and you will be given an extra amount for a child that you look after.

Extra advice:

questions about benefits

Working out which benefits to claim can be complicated. There are different ways of getting answers to your questions about benefits.

If you would like to speak to someone, contact your local Jobcentre Plus office or the Jobcentre Plus helpline on 0800 055 6688.

You can ask a local advice centre for help or you can contact us for advice.

You can use an online benefits checker such as the benefits calculator at