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It’s been a challenging time for many over the last two years and the start of the new year can bring additional financial, personal and work related pressures.

While staff across the Council have gone above and beyond to deliver vital services to our communities, much of that support is also available to you.

If you are worrying about money, rising energy costs or family related problems, we’ve pulled together some information where you can access help and support.

Working from home – COVID-19 has made working from home a necessity for many staff. You may be able to claim tax relief if you work from home on a regular basis, either for all or part of the week.

Financial wellbeing – we have teams who can assist with debt and money issues and offer free, confidential help and advice helping you to gain control of your financial affairs. We understand employees may not  always be comfortable talking to a service within an organisation you are employed by that’s why we have teamed up with the Citizens Advice Bureau. They can provide the same free impartial advice.  

Employee Assistance Programme – if you are having personal, family or work related problems you can call the Employee Assistance Helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for  help. This is a free service provided by a professionally trained counsellor or advisor

Energy costs – making your home more energy efficient can help lower your energy bills and with rising costs on the horizon there’s no better time than now to make improvements. The good news is Home Energy Scotland  can help with that. They will let you know what funding is available to you – you might be able to apply for the warm home discount or get a grant to cover much needed home improvements. If your fuel supplier goes bust don’t panic. Ofgem is the UK’s independent energy industry regulator, is there to protect you if your supplier fails. This means you will not be left without gas or electricity and any payments you have made are protected.

Help for Carers – there is support available for staff who may have caring responsibilities. We have our own Help for Carers or you could check out Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre or National Advice for Carers.

Free period products – you can get free period products delivered to your door. Simply place an order online to receive 3 months period products. You can also pick up these products many of our public buildings once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.