Renfrewshire Council

Low Income Pandemic Payment

What the Low Income Pandemic Payment is, who can get it and what the criteria is.

On 9 March 2021, the Scottish Government announced that households would be supported by a Low Income Pandemic Payment (LIPP) to help towards increased costs and potential lost income during the pandemic. This is a one-off payment of £130.


The Scottish Government set the criteria for eligibility of the payment based as:

  • Households in receipt of Council Tax reduction for at least one day during April 2021, or
  • Households who have no liability for Council Tax for at least one day during April 2021 as they:
    • are exempt as all members of the household are care leavers, are under 18 or are severely mentally impaired, or
    • are exempt, as their home is unoccupied because they are being cared for or are caring for someone else, or
    • have no liability for Council Tax as they are in accommodation which falls under the Housing Support Service exemption category.

Receiving this benefit

If you live in Renfrewshire, we will send you a letter about the Low Income Pandemic Payment by 31 August 2021. If you have not received this letter from us by 31 August 2021, please get in touch at or call 0300 300 1483.

The letter will give you information on how to make a claim. As part of the claim process detailed in the letter, you will be asked to provide the Council with your bank details to allow us to make payment to you.

If you do not make a claim by the end of October, we will make a payment directly to your Council Tax account, which will reduce the amount you have to pay this year.