A NEW website providing information on the wide range of advice and financial support available to people in Scotland has been launched.

Developed by the Scottish Government as a ‘one stop shop’ to help those struggling with the cost of living crisis, the site – gov.scot/costoflivingsupport – includes information on the help available for households to meet rising energy, housing and other costs.

It also provides details on accessing Scottish and UK social security payments, including online benefit calculators, as well as wider health and wellbeing information.

The website was launched by Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison during a visit to a debt and welfare advice service run by the Christians Against Poverty charity.

Ms Robison said: “I know that people are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis right now and may not know where to turn for help. Our cost of living website is a trustworthy online resource with information on the wide range of vital support available. No-one should feel alone in this crisis and this website, along with our campaign, aims to encourage people to find out if they are eligible for the extensive support available to access the advice they need.”

Emma Jackson, Scotland national director for Christians Against Poverty, said: “People need to know help is available. Now more than ever, we need to take every action possible to support households who are being hit the hardest by the cost of living crisis.”

Where to get help Social Security Scotland: Apply for a benefit or find out what to do if you’ve already applied and need more help. Visit socialsecurity.gov.scot or call 0800 182 2222.

Advice Direct Scotland: Provides financial advice to people who need it, information on how to manage debt and a free online benefit calculator. Visit advice.scot or call 0808 800 9060.

Citizens Advice Money Talk Team: Find out about benefits and grants you’re entitled to, get advice to make your money go further and get support managing debt. Visit moneytalkteam.org.uk or call 0800 028 1456.

Home Energy Scotland: Provides clear and impartial advice to make your home warmer. Visit homeenergyscotland.org or call 0808 808 2282 to find out more details.

Shelter Scotland: Free housing advice for everyone. Visit scotland.shelter.org.uk.

Stepchange: Free, impartial debt advice and practical solutions to help you take back control of your finances. Visit stepchange.org or call 0800 138 1111.

Breathing Space: A confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 feeling low, anxious or depressed. Visit breathingspace.scot or call 0800 83 85 87.