Support is available if you are struggling financially or emotionally due to the rising cost of living.
You might be finding it hard to keep up with energy payments or worried you won't be able to afford the essentials.
To help make it easier to find the help and advice that is right for you, we’ve listed support that is available by topic.
Energy – Help with fuel costs
- Child winter heating assistance – payment to help disabled young people and their families with increased heating costs over winter.
- Winter heating payment – an annual £50 payment, paid automatically through Social Security Scotland. Payments for winter 2022 will start from February 2023.
- Warm home discount scheme – eligible residents could receive £150 off their electricity bill for winter 2022 to 2023.
- Winter fuel payment – if you were born on or before 26 September 1956 you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills.
- Scottish welfare fund – helps families and people in Scotland who are on low incomes through Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants.
More information is available, on our energy grants page.
Energy Saving Tips
- Only fill the kettle for what you need, overfilling the kettle wastes a large amount of energy – an estimated 70 million litres of water are unnecessarily boiled each day.
- Wash your clothes at 30°C instead of 60°C – this uses 57% less electricity.
- Putting lids on pans while cooking uses up to 90% less energy, the food cooks quicker, and less moisture is released into the kitchen. If you have a gas cooker, keep the tip of the gas flame under the pan. The heat is in the tip not the side of the flame.
- Don't put furniture or curtains in front of radiators. They will absorb the heat and stop it warming the room.
- Make use of your tin foil – putting kitchen foil behind radiators reflects more heat back into a room. Just mount some foil on cardboard (shiny side outwards) and you're good to go.
For more tips, please see guidance on domestic energy saving.
Money – Managing your money and debt
Food support – Help with food costs
- Free school meals – check if your child can get free school meals and how to apply.
- Our Falkirk map – find the location of useful local support services in Falkirk including food provision, free Wi-Fi, period products and money advice and support services.
- Food Activity Grants – funds up to £400 are available for community groups and organisations interested in setting up food activities.
- Let's Get Cooking – low cost, easy recipes.
Wellbeing – Looking after your health and wellbeing
- Go card – eligible residents can sign up for our Go Card and access concessions across lots of activities and facilities, from gym memberships to cinema tickets
- Libraries – find your nearest library where you can sit, work and relax
- Domestic abuse – support available to those experiencing domestic abuse.
- Community groups and services – a directory of groups and services available across the Falkirk area by category.
- Community warm spaces – a map of safe, warm, and welcoming spaces within the local community.
- Gender-Based Violence – information on services and what to do if you are experiencing gender-based violence.
- Falkirk Community Mental Health and Wellbeing – mental health information and services for young people in Falkirk aged 5 to 24 years old (26 if care-experienced).
For more information on the advice and support available, visit the Scottish Government's Cost of Living Support page.
Complete the UK Government's Benefits and Financial Support checker to make sure you are getting everything you are entitled to.
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