While you’re pregnant and when you become a parent it’s important to have a home which you know is safe and where you can feel settled.
Having a safe and secure home will help you to build a support network and give your child a positive start in life.
Get as much support as you can to help you find a home that suits you and your family’s needs.
If you’re worried that you might lose your home:
Getting the right advice early can help you know your rights and find your way through what can sometimes be a complicated system.
Talk to your midwife if you’re worried you might lose your home or that your home isn’t safe for your baby.
Shelter Scotland has more about housing rights while pregnant
If you get housing benefit or universal credit but it doesn’t cover your rent in full, you may be able to get a discretionary housing payment (DHP) to help you meet your housing costs.
You can apply for DHP from your local council.
When you have a newborn baby, keeping your home warm’s important to help them stay well. But for some families this can be difficult because of fuel poverty.
Fuel poverty is when you live in a home that’s hard to keep warm at a cost you can manage. Whether you’re in fuel poverty or not is affected by:
To have a warm, energy efficient home it’s important to:
Home Energy Scotland can give you energy advice over the phone and help some families with extra support and a home visit.
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2 November 2023