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Financial Insecurity Fund

We understand that many households are experiencing uncertain times and struggling financially due to the current Cost of Living crisis. In response to this we have created a local fund which low-income households in Perth & Kinross can access for assistance. Households with no recourse to public funds can apply for assistance.

In order to make a decision on your application you must be able to show that you are in receipt of a low-income, this normally means that you are receiving a means-tested benefit e.g. Universal Credit or income-related Employment & Support Allowance.

You can apply to the fund if you need financial assistance with any of the following:

AssistanceEvidence required

Priority debts including:

  • Gas and electricity debt
  • Oil or solid fuel debt (if you have no oil and solid fuel debt then the fund can potentially award, one off financial help towards the cost of buying oil or solid fuel)
  • Council Tax debt (only if debt does not pre-date April 2018)
  • Rent arrears (non-PKC rent arrears. PKC tenants should apply to the Tenancy Sustainment Fund)
  • Broadband debt
If you are applying for help with debts we can only provide assistance if you provide us with evidence of the debt/arrears e.g. a letter from your energy supplier with the outstanding debt.
The additional costs of living.You may need to provide evidence of your address.
School dinner, music tuition and/or kids club debt.You need to provide evidence of the debt.
A one-off need that cannot be met elsewhere through statutory or other provision eg. school trips, clothing, electronic devices, vehicle repairs.You may be asked to provide quotes/invoice

Apply Online or call our Welfare Rights Team on 01738 476900 (option 1).

We aim to make decisions on applications within 15 working days from receipt of all evidence but due to the high volume of applications we are receiving decisions are currently taking longer.

If you are in crisis and you need money to tide you over until you are next paid then you should apply for a Crisis Grant from the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Last modified on 16 November 2023

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