Support available for those living with hardship

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has provided a summary of what support is available to individuals who find themselves in hardship due to the coronavuris outbreak.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 3rd April 2020, 2:27 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2020, 2:28 pm
Help is out there if your circumstances have changed
Help is out there if your circumstances have changed

Individuals should apply for Universal Credit online at as soon as possible.

If you have any problems you should contact Stornoway Jobcentre Plus on 01851 743663/743664.

For applications due to Covid-19 an advance is available immediately following identity verification.

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If they have been paying Class 1 National Insurance contributions for the past 2-3 years you may also be entitled to Job Seeker’s Allowance.

If your circumstances have changed you may be eligible for the Council Tax Reduction scheme if you are on a low income and have capital under £16,000.

To apply for council tax reduction visit

The Scottish Welfare Fund provides a safety net in a disaster or emergency in the form of a crisis grant, when there is an immediate threat to health or safety.

To apply visit or call 01851 822642 (if you are unable to complete the form).