EAST Renfrewshire residents who are struggling to make ends meet now the festive season is over can apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund for help with essential living costs.

The fund is open to those with low income who need assistance to pay for food or heating.

Two types of grants are available – the crisis grant, for those dealing with a crisis situation such as a fire or flood in the home or unexpected financial hardship, and the community care grant, which helps with the cost of living in the community or keeping your family together.

Once a crisis grant application is made, the council will make a decision within two working days.

The grant is tax free and doesn’t need to be paid back.

To find out more about the Scottish Welfare Fund, visit www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/scottishwelfare or call 0141 577 3475.