What is a Low Income Pandemic Payment (LIPP)?

The First Minister announced that a one-off £130 Low Income Pandemic Payment (LIPP) would be made by 31 October 2021 to households who are either:

  1. in receipt of Council Tax Reduction for at least one day during the period 1 April to 30 April 2021 or
  2. were exempt or had no liability for Council Tax during the month of April 2021, for one of the following reasons:

              - living in temporary accommodation, including a refuge

              - home is unoccupied because you were being cared for or are caring for someone else

              - all members of the household were care leavers, under 18 or severely mentally impaired

Find out more about Low Income Pandemic Payment


How can I apply?

East Lothian Council has identified those who are entitled to this payment and will be contacting each qualifying person over the next 3 months to arrange for payment to be made. 

You will be able to choose to receive this award into your bank account or direct to your Council Tax account.  There is no need for you to contact East Lothian Council, as we will have your details on record and will be in touch.  

We will contact you by email or letter and you only need to complete the form if you want to receive this payment directly into your bank account.  You will need to attach a bank statement to verify the account where you wish the payment to be made.

Low Income Pandemic Payment online form


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is eligible to receive a Low Income Pandemic Payment?
A. Any household in receipt of Council Tax Reduction, or who meets the criteria for the above mentioned additional groups on any one day during the month of April 2021.

Q. Do I need to apply for the Low Income Pandemic Payment?
A. No - the payment will be made direct into your Council Tax account. We will send you an email or letter with a link to complete a form to give us your bank details if you want to have the payment made into your bank account.

Q. When will I receive the payment?
A. We aim to have payments issued by Sunday 31 October 2021.

Q. Will I get a payment for each member of my household?
A. No - if you are eligible for payment, you will receive one single payment of £130 for your household.

Q. Will this payment affect my claim for Universal Credit?
A. If you receive Universal Credit, then this payment will be counted as Capital. This will not normally affect the amount you receive unless you have savings or other Capital totalling over £6,000.  If you are worried that this payment could impact your Universal Credit award, you should report the payment in your journal by signing in to your Universal Credit account or by calling the Universal Credit Freephone Helpline on 0800 328 5644.

This payment will be disregarded in full for other benefits and for Income Tax purposes.

Q. I believe I should be in receipt of Council Tax Reduction. What can I do? 
A. If you are not already receiving Council Tax Reduction and believe you may be eligible, find out more.

Q. Where can I find more information on the Low Income Pandemic Payment?
A. For more information, visit the Scottish Government website. 

Q. I believe I should have received this payment but haven’t.  Who should I contact?
A. Email your enquiry to LIPP@eastlothian.gov.uk 

If you have any other questions, contact our LIPP team