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Help with the cost of living

The cost of living crisis is forcing many older people to make incredibly difficult financial choices between powering and heating their homes and the food they can afford to buy.

Our helpline is hearing from an increasing number of older people who are finding it near impossible to pay their energy bills, having cut down on all but the essentials, and who will now be at risk of falling into unmanageable debt as a result.

Our Big Survey 2023 really highlights the stark reality and toll the cost of living crisis has taken on older people’s financial and physical wellbeing. Our research shows:


cutting back on spending on food

1 in 10

pensioners are skipping meals


concerned about food bills


are eating less healthily


are cutting back on heating


using credit or taking on debt

Age Scotland has pulled together this guide to support older people as we believe nobody should face the ongoing cost of living crisis alone. It’s packed with advice on energy bills, tips on how to shop smart and eat well when food prices bite, recipes from top Scottish chefs, including Tom Kitchin and Tony Singh, and a directory on where to go for help.

We hope you find it useful. For further help and advice or to get a benefits check please call our free Helpline on 0800 12 44 222.

Get your copy

Download here or contact to request your paper copy.


Last updated: Nov 29 2023

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