Let's make sure you get the financial support you're entitled to

The cost of living is increasing rapidly and prices are rising at rates not seen since the 1970s, this includes energy bills, food, fuel and more.

A range of measures are available to help people boost their income to meet essential living costs. However is not always easy to know what support is available or how to apply, so lots of benefits go unclaimed.

These pages share information about financial support available to help ease the cost of living challenges faced by many local households.

Don't assume you're receiving everything you're entitled to, always check, and if you're still struggling or in doubt, contact: financialinclusion@eastlothian.gov.uk.

Check what you're entitled to

 Use our online benefits calculator to find out what benefits you're entitled to

Additional financial support

Community Windpower Energy Fund

A new £1 million energy fund to help East Lothian residents heat their homes this winter has opened for applications. The partnership between Community Windpower, Advice Direct Scotland and East Lothian Council is open to anyone in the region struggling with their bills.  Find out more.

The UK government is also providing additional financial support to help people with the cost of living increases, targeted to those with the greatest need.


Many pensioners are disproportionately impacted by higher energy costs. In addition to the measures announced, they may also wish to check if they are entitled to receive Pension Credit to help top up their income. 


Download a copy of all the information in these pages