Older or Disabled People
Rising costs are impacting older people, disabled people and those who care for them. Find out more about the help you're entitled to.
Emergency Energy Payment Assistant Programme
This programme offers help to older and vulnerable people within the region who may be struggling to cover the costs of their home energy payments at this challenging time.
Free warm winter clothes
There are free warm winter clothes events taking place across the region this winter season.
Help with heating costs
Do you need help with the cost of your heating your home? The Hub in Dumfries may be able to help with their help with heating scheme.
Scottish Welfare Fund Team
The Scottish Welfare Fund Team provides a safety net for vulnerable individuals and families on a low income within our communities. The fund is divided into two areas:
- Crisis Grants - immediate funds for essential living costs
- Community Care Grants - provision of household goods to help set up home or maintain a home
Are you a student at Dumfries and Galloway College? Did you know they run a free breakfast club and have a student food bank and an emergency student support fund?
Organisations and charities across Dumfries and Galloway have services that can help people with the cost-of-living increases . Download the free DGLocator mobile app or access its website to easily search services available.
or visit: https://dglocator.org.uk/
Adult Disability Payment
Adult Disability Payment is extra money to help you if you have a disability or long-term health condition that affects your everyday life.
Age Scotland Helpline
Get free, confidential advice over the phone (0800 12 44 222) for older people, their carers and families in Scotland.
Carer's Allowance Supplement
Carer's Allowance Supplement is an extra payment to help carers in Scotland who get Carer's Allowance.
Claim Marriage Allowance
Marriage Allowance allows you to transfer 10% (£1,260) of your personal tax allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner if you earn less than the personal tax allowance, which is usually £12,570.
Disability Cost of Living Payment
You may be entitled to a Disability Cost of Living Payment of £150 if you are getting certain benefits.
Disabled persons free bus pass
If you or your child (five-plus) has a disability you may be able to get a free bus pass.
Extra money available for carers
You could get £76.75 a week if you care for someone for at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits. You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.
Check if you're eligible for the Carer's Allowance >>
Independent Living Transition Fund
If you're aged 15 to 25 with a disability you could apply to the fund for money to take part in new activities or learn a skill.
Pension Credit for those on low income
You could get extra money to help with your living costs if you're over State Pension age and on a low income: even if you have savings or own your own home.
Check if you're eligible for Pension Credit >>
Pensioner Cost of Living Payment
If you are entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2023 to 2024, you will get an extra £150 or £300 paid with your normal payment from November 2023.
Find out more >>
Older person's free bus pass
If you're aged 60 or over and are a resident in Scotland then you will be eligible for a free bus pass.
Warmer Homes Scotland funding
If you're a homeowner or a private tenant and meet certain criteria you could qualify for funding to help reduce your energy bills.
Winter fuel payments
If you were born on or before 25 September 1956 you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills.
Check if you're eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment >>
Young Carer Grant
The grant is a yearly payment of £359.65 for young carers in Scotland. You need to be 16, 17 or 18 years old to get it.