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Cost of Living Support from Other Organisations

National Organisations

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has produced a directory of useful resources to address current cost of living challenges.

Citizens Advice Scotland

Citizens Advice Scotland, the Extra Help Unit and their 59 member bureaux together form Scotland’s largest independent advice network.   Advice provided is free, independent, confidential, impartial and available to everyone.

Money Map Scotland: Find sources of online support to increase your income and reduce your bills from Citizens Advice Scotland.

Citizens Advice Scotland: Grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills.

Benefits Calculators, see what benefits you can get.

Check your Council Tax and see if you could save money.

Debt advice and information for you to check how well you are managing your money and then what you can do if you do have some problems.

Advice Direct Scotland

Scotland’s largest digital advice agency, providing free and independent advice to the citizens of Scotland.

Advice Direct Scotland lists sources of support available and their benefits calculator offers a free and impartial assessment of all benefits and how to claim them.

Energy Advice Scotland

Energy Advice Scotland provide free, practical advice and information on energy bills and energy-related matters.

Money Advice Scotland

Money Advice Scotland provide free information and support on a wide range of debt-related issues.  They offer additional tools and resources to help people with money worries.

Trading Standards Scotland

Trading Standards Scotland are raising awareness of potential scams linked to the ongoing cost of living crisis.

Cost of living support for young people

Young Scot is Scotland's national youth information platform.  They offer a range of resources and information to help young people aged 11-26 including help for people struggling with living costs.

The Young Islanders Network, a community which joins young people together from all the islands, sharing their voices, views and experiences.

Shelter - Housing advice amid cost of living crisis

Shelter Scotland give people struggling with bad housing or homelessness the help they need, through advice, support and legal services.  Find out about housing rights in the cost of living crisis.

Scottish Pantry Network

The Scottish Pantry Network is a community-led organisation that supports collaboration and knowledge-sharing among local community groups that run food pantries in Scotland. Find out how to setup a community pantry.

Community Warm Spaces

CILIP, the library and information association has published a comprehensive set of guidelines: ‘A Warm Welcome. Setting up a warm space in your community’.

SCVO - help for charities and voluntary organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is the national membership organisation for the voluntary sector.  They have dedicated a section of their website for the Cost of living & the #RunningCostsCrisis.

Directory of Social Change - Cost of Living Hub

The Directory of Social Change provides training courses, publications, online funding databases, research, conferences, a bookshop and lots of free resources such as top tips and best-practice articles. They aim to support UK charities in everything thye do.   They have created a cost of living hub with some of their key resources in one place. From funding guides and staff training, to insightful commentary, articles and links, these are resources designed to help charities to help others, especially those seeking welfare support.

Outside the Box - Winter Support and Cost of Living Resources

Outside the Box are a small, independent charity, working as a social enterprise. They support people to influence how things work, shape policies and services, and develop their own services and activities.  They have shared tips from communities across Scotland on supporting each other through Winter and the Cost of Living.

BBC - Cost of Living Tips

A major new partnership across the BBC bringing programmes, brands and experts together to offer consumers help navigating the cost of living crisis.  Programmes across the BBC will be involved in Cost of Living: Tackling it Together.  BBC News Online is home to the best of the content whenever audiences need it. There are cost of living specific news alerts and newsletters, including daily low cost recipes, and tips and solutions from other consumers.  There are cost of living tips and personalised guides to saving money. There's also lots of information and support on the main BBC Cost of Living pages

Sustrans - Cost of Living Crisis and Rural Transport

Caro Kemp, Project Officer at Sustrans Scotland, has written a guest blog about a recent Community Council webinar on the cost of living, community and active travel - the first in a series of events for community councillors on  issues that can affect transport in our rural and urban communities.

Volunteer Scotland - Guidance and Information

In order to support volunteer involving organisations, Volunteer Scotland have provided provided practical guidance on how to limit the impact of the cost of living crisis on volunteering programmes. There's also links to their latest research and policy publications.

Worrying About Money? referral leaflets

Worrying About Money? cash first referral leaflets are co-designed by the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) with local partners to create a straightforward resource for people facing money worries. The step-by-step guides identify which local agencies are best placed to help people maximise income and access any existing financial entitlements.