From Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Scott Farmer, and Depute Leader, Cllr Danny Gibson.
Stirling Council Coronavirus Update

Stirling, along with the rest of the UK, is in the grips of an emergency situation the likes of which has never been seen.

The Council continues to focus its efforts on the continued delivery of its critical services and we want you to know you are at the core of everything we do.

With this in mind, we want to do all we can to ease the increased pressures we are all facing at this time. This includes limiting financial anxiety for all our residents by easing pressure on those who are experiencing difficulty covering costs such as Council housing rent, council tax and commercial rates.

While we expect our citizens to continue to pay Council Housing Rent and Council Tax to help pay for our vital services, we do appreciate that some people will have difficulty due to the financial pressure that the current COVID-19 crisis has brought on them.

If that applies to you, then if you contact the council, we will do what we can to ease that pressure by helping you access the funds that have been made available by national and local government, and we will also see if we can help you to spread payments for rent and council tax.

We can also help you access Scottish Welfare Fund payments, if you are eligible for that help.

We appreciate the uncertainty this situation has created around jobs and income and for those facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis so our message to you is clear: If you are struggling to pay, our teams will work with you to help you get through this.

We can confirm that there will be no evictions during this period and all court actions in relation to the recovery of Council Housing Rent arrears have been suspended.

Housing advice and income maximisation officers are still available and can be contacted via tel: 01786 404040