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This is means tested and is for people over 60. If you are over 60, you would claim this instead of Income Support. You claim it through Jobcentre Plus. You can find out more about Pension Credit by phoning the Pension Service or at www.thepensionservice.gov.uk
You may be able to apply for a Crisis Loan, a Budgeting Loan or a Community Care Grant. You apply to Jobcentre Plus for these or you can phone Glasgow direct where all claims including Crisis Loans are dealt with. East Lothian Women’s Aid, CAB and the Rights Team can help you apply. Crisis Loans are usually given when you need urgent financial help. They have to be repaid. Budgeting Loans also have to be repaid. Community Care Grants may be given for essential household items such as bedding and do not have to be repaid.
You may be able to get the rent on your main property paid as well as the rent in your emergency accommodation (Discretionary Housing Payment) from your local council. East Lothian Women’s Aid, CAB and the Rights Team can give you more information about this.
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