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Financial support for pupils

Contains information on Education Maintenance Allowance, Free school meals, Clothing grant, Free school transport.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/school-info/assistance/

Benefits and grants

Contains information on Council Tax Reduction, Housing Benefit, Contact Benefits team, Free School Meals, Scottish Welfare Fund, Discretionary Housing Payments, School Clothing Grant, Blue Badge scheme, Educational grants, Social Security Scotland, Money and benefits advice.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/

Financial help

This page has information about the financial support available to help with the cost of your care. This could be care and support services at home or in a care home. Free personal and nursing care Free personal and nursing care is available for all adults in Scotland who are assessed as needing these services. More information is available on the ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/financial-support/

Schools

Contains information on School meals and payments, School places, School transport, School inspections, Financial support for pupils, Additional support needs, Contact a school, Gaelic in schools, Parentsportal.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/school-info/

Financial support for young people

Regular financial support is given to young people aged 16 to 18 who: have been looked after away from home for over 13 weeks since the age of 14, and ceased to be looked after over their official school leaving age This is because young people in this age group are not eligible for state benefits.   Are there any exceptions? Yes, some young peop...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/children-and-families/throughcare-and-aftercare-service/financial-support-for-young-people/

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Help prevent the spread of coronavirus by following the rules and guidance on how to stay safe.Coronavirus information in British Sign Language If you are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, please watch our video explaining current arrangements for council services. You can also access coronavirus information on the British Deaf Association websit...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/covid-19/

Trading Standards Business Assistance

Contains information on Trading Standards Business Assistance for businesses, Business Companion, Licensing, Calibration Services, Public Weighbridges.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/business/

School Meals

Contains information on Special diets, Free school meals, Primary school meals, Secondary school meals, School payments.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/school-info/meals/

Financial hardship during coronavirus

We appreciate that a number of residents will find themselves in a very different financial position than they may be used to. We will respond to individual cases regarding financial hardship on a case by case basis. Help with paying your bills If you are struggling to pay any of the debts owed to Aberdeenshire Council (like Council Tax) please ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/covid-19/council-tax-benefits-welfare-covid-19/

Registrars

Contains information on Births, Deaths, Marriages, Civil Partnerships, Family History, Contact registrar offices, Order a certificate, Registrars fees.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/registrars/

School Transport

Contains information on School transport in adverse weather, Mainstream school transport, School travel planning.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/school-transport/

School places

Contains information on Register for primary one, Attend an out of zone school, Catchment areas, School roll projections, Secondary school places, Composite classes, Delayed entry to primary one, Apply for a school place.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/school-info/admissions/

Self-directed support - Option 2

As part of Self-directed support (SDS), there are several options for managing your care. Option 2 is one of these options. You choose how the budget is used but the money is managed by someone else. This is known as an Option 2. You can choose to have all or part of your individual budget paid to an Individual Service Fund (ISF) provider. A SDS pa...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/financial-support/self-directed-support/self-directed-support-option-2/

Elections and voting

Contains information on Electoral participation, Election results, Who represents you, How to vote, Where to vote, Contact Election team, Review of polling places, Register to vote, Review of Parliamentary constituencies, Local Government Elections 2022, Inverurie Business Improvement District Ballot.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/

Self-directed support - Option 1

As part of Self-directed support (SDS), there are several options for managing your care. Option 1, Direct Payment is one of these options. You can choose to have your individual budget paid into a SDS payment card account. The account will be opened in the name of the person managing the budget, so in your own name or the name of a nominated perso...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/financial-support/self-directed-support/self-directed-support-option-1/

Employment support

The Employment Support Team (EST) is the council's central point for employment support. The team coordinates the Aberdeenshire Employability Partnership, which is geared to help people into work and training. The EST assists anyone living in Aberdeenshire who is actively seeking employment, or looking to enter education or training to gain full-ti...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/employability-support/employment-support-team/

Care and support at home

We provide a range of Care at Home services for people who need support to live independently at home. The services provide support and practical help in your own home. Care at Home is available from early morning to late evening, every day of the year. In exceptional circumstances, or where people experience a crisis, we can arrange for Home Carer...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/living-independently/care-at-home-services/

Private Water Supply Grants

The Private Water Supplies (Grants)(Scotland) Regulations 2006 allow grants to be made to improve private water supplies. The basic grant scheme is non-means tested and provides financial assistance of up to £800. The scheme is available to domestic, commercial and public premises but is not available in the following circumstances: any public bod...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/environmental-health/private-water-supply-grants/

Homeowners - advice and support

Scheme of assistance We have produced a scheme of assistance for private homeowners and tenants of private sector landlords. Section 72 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 requires all local authorities to produce a scheme of assistance for private homeowners and tenants. It sets out the circumstances in which we will provide information, advice, an...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/private-housing/homeowners-advice-and-support/

Travel Planning

Contains information on Aberdeenshire Travel Plan, School Travel Planning, Travel planning for your business.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/transportation/travel-planning/

Self-directed Support

Self-directed Support (SDS) is the Scottish Government’s strategy for putting you in control of your own life if you need social care or support to help you live in the community. SDS allows you to choose how your support is provided, and gives you as much control as you want of your individual budget. It is backed by the Social Care (Self-directed...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/financial-support/self-directed-support/

Kinship care

Our Kinship Care service assesses and supports the carer and child as a family, known as the kinship family. As well as promoting the safety and welfare of children and young people. We have a duty to assess and support kinship carers who care for children who are looked after and housed through an arrangement by Aberdeenshire Council, known as Loo...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/children-and-families/kinship/

Delayed entry to primary one

In Scotland, children usually start primary school in the year during which they have their fifth birthday. This means that in primary one classes, children are usually aged between 4 and a half and 5 and a half years old. When a child doesn't start school at the expected August start date for their year group, it is called deferred entry: Turning...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/school-info/admissions/delayed-entry/

Education Appeals

Contains information on About education appeals, Appeal process, Appeals Committee, Further advice on education appeal.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/school-info/education-appeals/

Community care

Contains information on Living independently, Protection and support, Caring for others, Financial help, Blue Badge scheme.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/

Public and private roads

We repair and maintain most roads and pavements in Aberdeenshire. On this page you can find out more about: Public roads Private roads We are not responsible for maintaining trunk roads (A90, A96 and the A92 from Stonehaven Junction to Charleston Junction). They are managed and maintained by BEAR Scotland. Public roads The statutory list of publi...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/roads/public-and-private-roads/

Roads and travel

Contains information on Roads, Public transport, Transportation, Harbours, A96 Dualling Inverness to Aberdeen, School transport, Car parking, Electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/

Register for primary one

Children start primary one in August and registrations take place in January each year. The year they start depends on when they turn 5. If your child’s fifth birthday is between 1st March 2022 and 28th February 2023, you can register them in January 2022 to start attending school in August 2022. All primary one children should be enrolled at their...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/school-info/admissions/primary-school-registration/

Apply for a school outside your catchment

Your child would normally attend a school within the school zone (catchment area) close to where you live. However, you can request that your child attends a school in another zone: Before you apply How to apply Appeals Contact Out of zone requests privacy notice (pdf 75KB) Whole school privacy notice (pdf 185KB) Before you apply Find your catchm...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/school-info/admissions/out-of-zone-school/

Housing tenancy during coronavirus

Your tenancy Scotland is transitioning through the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. This continues to have a significant impact on the delivery of Housing services. All Housing Officers will be unable to undertake home visits unless for emergency requirements until advised it is safe to do so, but will remain on hand to assist you by te...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-covid-19/housing-tenants-covid-19/

Social care and health

Contains information on Community care, Criminal justice, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Caring for others, Living independently, Financial help.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/

Throughcare and aftercare service

Contains information on Eligibility and support, Financial support for young people, Pathways assessments, plans and coordinators, Education, training and employment, Supported accommodation, Supported Lodging scheme, Contact Throughcare and Aftercare team.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/children-and-families/throughcare-and-aftercare-service/

School and leisure building improvements

Contains information on School building improvement, Condition assessment.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/building-improvements/

Housing policies and strategies

Housing strategy and assessment Private housing Housing for independent living and particular needs Housing options Fuel poverty, sustainability and energy efficiency Neighbourhood issues Repairs and maintenance Tenancy agreement Tenant participation Minority Ethnic Communities Homelessness  Housing strategy and assessment Local Housing Strategy ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-policies-and-strategies/

Aberdeenshire Care and Repair

Aberdeenshire Care and Repair provides a free service offering information, advice and help with repairs, maintenance and adaptations to Aberdeenshire owner occupiers and private landlords’ tenants who are over 60 and/or have a disability. We can help homeowners by providing: advice and information on practical ways to improve your home a home vis...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/private-housing/aberdeenshire-care-and-repair/

Discretionary Housing Payments

If you are receiving Housing Benefit but are still having difficulty paying your rent you may be able to claim a Discretionary Housing Payment: Who can apply How we decide who gets a payment Duration of payments How to apply Appeal a decision Contact View the Discretionary Housing Payments guide (pdf 99.3KB). Who can apply To be considered for a ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/council-tax-benefit/discretionary-housing-payments/

Low Cost Shared Equity - how it works

The Low Cost Shared Equity scheme is administered by Aberdeenshire Council and allows the nominated purchaser to buy the majority equity share in a property. Planning agreements between the council and developers enable properties to be offered for sale on an equity share basis. You will have full title for the property and will not have to pay ren...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/buying/affordable-housing-for-sale/about-affordable-homes/

Instrumental music lessons

Contains information on Music tuition, Music centre groups, Youth Music Initiative, Aberdeenshire Schools Pipe Band, Instrumental music portal.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/music-lessons/

Winter roads maintenance

Contains information on Become a snow warden, Winter plan and monitoring, Winter resources and limitations, Snow clearing, Winter driving, School transport and closures, Gritting, Grit bins.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/roads/winter-maintenance/

What we spend and how we spend it

Information about our strategy for, and management of, financial resources. It explains how we plan to spend public money and what has been spent: Council plan Our performance including annual reports Annual accounts Audit committee Budget proposals Council Tax bands and charges Revenue and capital budgets Financial regulations Community funding a...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/data/model-publication-scheme/class-4/

School payments

Our schools run a cashless payment system for school meals, services or activities. You can manage and top up your child's account online: How to register Link your child to your account How to make school payments Meal choices Contact Due to current coronavirus guidelines we require your support to restrict the handling of cash in schools to red...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/school-info/meals/online-payments/

Vulnerable tenants and repairs

In circumstances where a tenant is vulnerable, it may be necessary to schedule the repair faster than normal. We can make arrangements for this if the fault has a negative effect on the tenant’s condition. We can also offer extra assistance, for example, with moving bulky items to provide access for repairs.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/repairs-and-maintenance/vulnerable-tenants-and-repairs/

Aberdeenshire Educational Trust

The Aberdeenshire Educational Trust was set up for residents, schools and organisations in the former County of Aberdeen, under the Aberdeenshire Educational Trust Scheme 1955 and Amendment Scheme of 1966. The Trust awards grants to individuals, schools and organisations to help with the cost of school trips, further education and funding for sport...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/educational-grants/

Local support for adapting a business during coronavirus

The council and our partner agencies will continue to provide situation specific advice and guidance for the business community across Aberdeenshire.  We continue to liaise closely with the Scottish and UK Governments to ensure that Aberdeenshire benefits from the financial packages available, alongside developing local responses to support busines...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/covid-19/reopening-businesses/

How we procure goods and services from external providers

Information about how we procure goods and services, and our contracts with external providers: Procurement information including contracts register Financial regulations Joint procurement strategy with Aberdeen City and Highland councils Purchasing goods and services - conditions of contracting with the council

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/data/model-publication-scheme/class-6/

Living independently

Contains information on Occupational therapy service, Care and support at home, Community alarm or telecare, Day care services for adults with disabilities, How to get care services - care assessment, Services for older people, Community care services, Eligibility for care services, Care homes.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/living-independently/

Schools and learning

Contains information on Educational Psychology Service, Outdoor learning, Instrumental music lessons, Education offices, Schools, Nurseries and childcare, Community Learning and Development, Parental involvement and engagement, Work placement opportunities.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/

Net Zero Technology Centre Support for Research and Innovation

Subsidy Control The objective of the scheme is, in terms of Title XI, Chapter 3, of the Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the UK and EU, to provide: Aid for start-ups Support for research and development projects Aid for the construction or upgrade of research infrastructures that perform economic activities Aid for innovation clusters Inno...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/support-and-advice/european-matters/europe-and-aberdeenshire-council/ogtc-gber-scheme/

Develop a Plan for the Future

As you are now aware the completion of the risk assessment is a useful tool to establish the further controls that require to be implemented to ensure safety within the workplace. These controls may involve financial outlays and consequently cannot be implemented immediately. For this reason, it is necessary for you to develop a health and safety p...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/health-and-safety/making-your-health-and-safety-plan/develop-a-plan-for-the-future/

Consumer Credit or Hire

Licensing If you provide consumer credit such as listed below, you are likely to require authorisation by the Financial Conduct Authority.  sell goods or provide service on credit hire or lease out goods for more than three months lend money arrange credit for others offer hire purchase terms collect debts or purchase debts help people with debt p...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/business/consumer-credit-or-hire/

Legislation

Officers carry out visits to trade premises such as shops, factories and licensed premises, to ensure they are complying with the criminal law. Initially advice and assistance is offered to businesses to help them comply. However for more serious offences, or where the law is persistently breached, we can report traders to the Procurator Fiscal for...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/legislation/

Parental involvement and engagement

Contains information on Parent Councils, Home education, Parent factsheets, Learning at home, Additional Support Needs, Have your say.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/parents-carers/

Community Food Fund

The council has made a new round of funds available to support local projects tackling food security in Aberdeenshire communities. Find out more: Eligibility Funds How to apply Submitting more than one application Examples of what will be supported What will not be supported Resources for seeking funding Community Food Fund privacy notice (PDF 80K...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/community-food-fund/

Disproportionate burden assessments

We are required by law to carry out disproportionate burden assessments where we are not able to meet our legal obligation to reach the WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standard: Council Tax Reduction and Housing Benefit form publications.aberdeenshire.gov.uk Documents supplied by the public and other organisations Council Tax Reduction and Housing Bene...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/data/accessibility/technical-accessibility/disproportionate-burden/

Licensing policies

Licensing Policy Statement - Alcohol The Licensing Policy Statement sets out the Aberdeenshire Licensing Board's policy on the sale and supply of alcohol within Aberdeenshire in terms of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.  The Board adopted the policy of our three former Divisional Licensing Boards (North, Central and South) on 29th April 2020. Thi...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/licensing/alcohol/policies/licensing-policies/

Equality Impact Assessments 2013

This page contains the following information: - 1. Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) 2. Justification statements explaining why an EIA is not required If the document opens with a Committee Report, please refer to section three 'Equalities, Staffing and Financial Implications'. This will detail whether an Equality Impact Assessment has been carr...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/equalities/equality-impact-assessments/eias/

During council home upgrades

To make sure your home improvements go smoothly for everyone:   What you need to do Assistance and support Claims against the contractor Tenant feedback What you need to do The contractor will tell you when they need to access your home to do the work. Please help us by: keeping any appointment they make with you giving access to them to do the...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/during-council-home-upgrades/

Support for business community - Coronavirus

The council continues to work on behalf of our business and communities to minimise the negative impact on the economy and ensure businesses have the support they need throughout coronavirus (COVID-19). We are liaising closely with both the UK and Scottish Government and other partner organisations to deliver vital guidance and assistance. We also ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-covid-19/

Moving to smaller accommodation

If you are living in council accommodation, and have at least one spare room, we encourage you to move to a smaller property more suited to your needs. You can apply for a transfer, making larger family sized accommodation available to people on our housing waiting list. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for assistance to help yo...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/moving-house/can-i-move-to-smaller-accommodation/

Law Enforcement

  Officers carry out visits to trade premises such as shops, factories and licensed premises, to ensure they are complying with the criminal law. Initially advice and assistance is offered to businesses to help them comply. However for more serious offences, or where the law is persistently breached, we can report traders to the Procurator Fiscal ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/business/law-enforcement/

Strategic priorities

The Council has significant work to address the impacts on our communities and businesses facing us today, from COVID-19, Brexit, the economic crisis and climate change. The budgetary impact on the Council and, therefore, in turn to the communities we serve is one we must respond to through decisive action. Our new strategic priorities better refle...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-plan/strategic-priorities/

Former tenant arrears

When you terminate your tenancy, you should make sure that you pay the balance of rent to the termination date to avoid falling into arrears at the end of your tenancy. Housing benefit may only be paid to the date you stop occupying the house, which could be before the end of the termination notice period. If you had a previous tenancy with us and ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/rent-and-service-charges/former-tenant-arrears/

Car Share Scheme

“You tend to notice you haven’t been to the petrol station for a while.” David Jason As part of Aberdeenshire Council’s commitment to promoting alternatives to single occupancy car use the Council encourages car sharing.  Aberdeenshire Council fund a free online service for anyone interested in car sharing in Aberdeenshire.  The scheme is open to ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/transportation/commuting/car-share-scheme/

Council budget

We are required to set a budget on an annual basis, taking into account the amount of funding we can raise, the services we must provide, and financial pressures including inflation. Our services We have produced this electronic leaflet to explain how bills are calculated and the role Council Tax plays in our overall budget (PDF 210KB). Revenue bud...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/our-budget/revenue-and-capital-budgets-facts-and-figures/

Budget proposals 2017/18

As part of our budget planning for 2017/18, a set of infographics was developed and used to seek your views on a range of service themes. Each of them painted a picture of a different part of council budget-setting. For example, there was a section on the pressures that the council faces, one which focused on Council Tax, and one which laid out som...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/our-budget/budget-savings/budget-savings-2017-2018/budget-engagement/

Leisure, tourism and outdoors

Contains information on Archaeology, Ranger Service, Tourists and Visitors, Country parks, Parks and open spaces, Fishing, Bennachie Visitor Centre.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/

Money and benefits advice

If you live in Aberdeenshire our Money Advice and Welfare Rights Team can provide free, impartial and confidential advice. Our team can help you to: check you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to complete benefit claim forms challenge a benefit decision you disagree with deal with some low level debts recommend other organisations an...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/money-and-welfare-advice/

Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme

We run a Rent Deposit Guarantee Scheme to help individuals, couples or families renting in the private sector. The scheme aims to help people who cannot provide a deposit and where one of the following criteria applies: aged 16 years and over and may be homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and have received homelessness advice or assistance asses...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/rent-deposit-guarantee-scheme/

Exporting and Internationalisation

Aberdeenshire Council recognises the importance of exporting to our companies and in association with Aberdeen City Council it has agreed that we will draw on the resources and expertise of the international staff within Aberdeen City Council. Services on Exporting are very much customer driven through the Export Survey and the 2008 edition of thi...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/support-and-advice/exporting-and-internationalisation/

Scottish Welfare Fund

The Scottish Welfare Fund is administered by councils in Scotland to provide financial support to people who are facing a crisis or need help to live in the community. It is normally a one-off grant for living expenses or household goods: Crisis Grants Community Care Grants COVID-19 Self-isolation Support Grant Scottish Welfare Fund information le...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/scottish-welfare-fund/

Unpaid work by offenders

Unpaid work - previously referred to as Community Service - is an option available to the courts as part of a Community Payback Order. Offenders carry out work across Aberdeenshire in either small groups or in individual placements. The work is supervised either directly by the service or by another party in agreement with the service. In 2011 / 12...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/criminal-justice/unpaid-work-by-offenders/

European Social Fund (ESF)

Two European Social Fund (ESF) 'Strategic Interventions' were delivered in Aberdeenshire between 2016 and 2018. View a summary of all the projects (pdf 322KB) that were awarded ESF fund.  View European Social Fund privacy notices. Aberdeenshire Employability Pipeline The Aberdeenshire Employability Pipeline provided an integrated, cross-agency app...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/support-and-advice/european-matters/european-social-fund/

Welcome

Introduction The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 requires that 'local access forums' be set up across Scotland to advise local authorities on putting the new legislation into effect. The Aberdeenshire Local Outdoor Access Forum (ALOAF) covers the area of Aberdeenshire apart from the Cairngorm's National Park and Aberdeen city. We advise the local a...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/paths-and-outdoor-access/local-outdoor-access-forum/welcome/

Consumer advice

Consumer advice in Aberdeenshire is provided in partnership with consumeradvice.scot an advice only service which is funded by the Scottish Government and covers the whole of Scotland. If you are looking for information or general help, check out the consumeradvice.scot website or the Which? website dedicated to consumer rights. Which? have also pu...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/consumers/consumer-advice/

Council Tax discounts and exemptions

Contains information on Single person, Unoccupied property, Students, Young people and apprentices, Person in hospital or care home, Severely mentally impaired person, Disabled person, Care providers, Second home or job related, Low income households.

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/exemption-or-discount/

Scheme of Governance - How the council makes decisions

The council follow clear procedures to ensure that all decisions are lawful, accessible and transparent. Decisions made by Members Members are responsible for making strategic decisions both in Full Council and Committee meetings.  Members also monitor and scrutinise delivery of council services carried out by officers. View committees system for f...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/scheme-of-governance/

Difficulty paying business rates

If you are having difficulties paying your business rates, the important thing is to act now. If you can't pay as requested, please contact our business rates team as we might be able to help and offer advice. Final notice If, by 30 September of the current financial year, you have failed to pay as requested on your business rates bill you will no ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-rates/difficulty-paying/

How are we going to do things differently

This is a renewal plan for Aberdeenshire; the focus is on exploring how we plan to do things differently, working alongside communities, to ensure we continue to deliver high quality services. The priorities will inform our Medium-Term Financial Strategy and Carbon Budget, helping us to focus resources where the need is greatest. It will set out ho...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-plan/how-are-we-going-to-do-things-differently/

The impact of COVID-19 on our budget and services

Aberdeenshire Council is a large organisation, with 16,000 employees and delivering hundreds of local services for the benefit of our communities. Our services include nursery, primary and secondary education, health and social care services, maintaining roads and transport, waste and street cleaning, housing, business support, libraries and leisur...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-plan/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-budget-and-services/

Business Gateway

Business Gateway is a publicly funded service contributing to the economic wellbeing of Scotland by providing access to free business support services.  In Aberdeenshire the service provides assistance and impartial advice to people starting or growing their business by a combination of: Online support – a comprehensive website with practical infor...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/support-and-advice/business-support/business-gateway/

Community Economic Development

Community Economic Development activities help release the enterprise potential within local communities, working with social enterprises, development trusts and community organisations Where possible, Economic Development provides: real support to developing communities guidance in project development assistance in organisational development Ab...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/support-and-advice/communities/community-economic-development/

School travel planning: case studies

This page provides examples of projects that schools in Aberdeenshire have been involved in to promote the aims of their school travel plan. If you would like to organise a project, either similar to one below or an idea of your own, please get in touch with your School Travel Planner for assistance. View example projects: Wow project case study (...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/transportation/travel-planning/school-travel-planning/projects/

Residents Permit

Residents Permits are available to those whose main residence is in an approved zone, subject to certain conditions. The permit allows residents living next to or in close proximity to a Council operated car park to park within the specified car park. Holders of a valid resident’s permit do not require to purchase a pay and display ticket when park...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/car-parking/residents-permit/

Dalvenie Gardens respite flat

Dalvenie Gardens is a modern, purpose built very sheltered housing complex in Banchory for older people and people with complex care needs. We lease and furnish a flat at Dalvenie Gardens to provide a short break respite service so we can work out the need for this type of facility. The flat is self-contained and spacious. It has its own front do...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/caring-for-others/short-breaks-respite-care/dalvenie-gardens-respite/

War-wounded support funding

ACT2 (Aberdeenshire Charities Trust) administers charitable funds in Aberdeenshire and is a registered charity (SC045539).   The trust has designated funds available to for whole of Aberdeenshire that can be used specifically for war-wounded personnel. View information about charitable trust funds for war-wounded personnel: Eligibility Available f...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/war-wounded-support-funding/

Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funding process

When your Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funding application is received it will be acknowledged in writing. We will check the information is accurate and make sure the reason for funding meets one of the purposes set out in trust. Valid applications will be presented to the trustees at the next meeting of the trust. We aim to validate applications ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/charities-trust-funding-process/

Sub-letting your property

You can take someone in to live with you and charge them rent if your home is large enough; and you charge a reasonable rent. Before you take in a lodger or sub-let all or part of your home you need to obtain our written permission. You need to let us know who you intend to have as a lodger or sub-let to and the financial arrangements you have made...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenancy-agreement/sub-letting-your-property/

Local tenant groups and what they do

Local tenant groups provide help and advice to tenants on housing and community matters. They work together to safeguard and promote the interests of residents in their area on matters concerning housing, the environment and community life. The simplest way of getting involved would be to go along to one of your local group meetings. Local groups w...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenant-participation/local-tenant-groups-and-what-they/

Private Water Supplies

Private water supplies are those which are not provided by Scottish Water. Their source of water may be from springs, wells, boreholes, rivers or lochs. Aberdeenshire has over 8000 private supplies, 1500 of them are known as Regulated Supplies. These either supply large numbers of residential properties, with greater than 50 possible occupants, or ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/environmental-health/private-water-supplies/

Getting help to buy your home

There are a number of schemes set up to help you buy a new home if you can't afford one: Low cost initiative for first time buyers (LIFT) New Supply Shared Equity Scheme Open market shared equity scheme Shared ownership Low cost initiative for first time buyers (LIFT) If you would like to buy your own home but can't afford to pay the full market ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/buying/help-to-buy-home/

Business Resilience and Sustainability Scheme

This scheme has proved very popular and has now closed to new enquiries and applications for the current year. The Business Resilience and Sustainability Scheme (BRASS) has been introduced to react to and support our most innovative and capable businesses and social enterprises. The scheme is designed to complement work undertaken by our partners...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-covid-19/business-resilience-and-sustainability-scheme/

About Trading Standards for Business

Our aim is to offer advice and assistance to businesses within the Aberdeenshire area to help them comply with the law. You can now also  follow us on Twitter for the latest information and alerts. We have a duty to ensure the law is enforced but we will act fairly and proportionately in accordance with our Enforcement policy. Law enforcement Offic...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/business/business/

Garioch area funding

View grants and funding available in the Garioch area: Area Initiatives Fund Small Grants Fund Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funding Common Good Fund applications Garioch area funding privacy notice (pdf 94KB) Funding from Garioch Area Committee Budget and /or local common Good Funds can only be accessed once in any 3-year period. Area Initiative...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/garioch/

Contact registration offices

We are experiencing an unprecedented number of queries about ceremonies. All registration requests are reviewed and prioritised and we appreciate your patience. View Registrars arrangements during coronavirus. Aberdeenshire Registrars provide the following range of services by appointment: registration of births, marriages and deaths family histor...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/registrars/offices/

Council Tax bill explained

We send your Council Tax bill in February or March each year. Besides telling you how much Council Tax you have to pay, your tax bills contain quite a lot of other information: Your bill explained Who pays the bill Request a revised copy of your bill Your bill explained Your Council Tax bill will show details such as your current method of paymen...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/your-bill-explained/

Climate change and sustainability

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires us to act sustainably, contribute to carbon emissions reduction targets and to climate change adaptation. We are expected, along with all Scottish public bodies, to lead by example in combating climate change and making a valuable contribution towards achieving our emissions reduction targets. Aberdee...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/green-living/environmental-policy/

Difficulties in making Council Tax payment

If you are having difficulty paying your bill please contact us on 03456 081201 or at income.recovery@aberdeenshire.gov.uk before missing an instalment. In certain circumstances you might be eligible for a reduction, discount or exemption of your Council Tax: Discount or exemption Council Tax reduction Alternative payment arrangement You can disc...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/difficulty-paying/

Adults with incapacity

Some adults, aged 16 or over, may not have the capacity to make important decisions about their finances or welfare. This may be because of a mental health problem, learning disability, or dementia.  The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act provides ways to help protect those who are, or may become, incapable of looking after their own welfare or ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/protection-and-support/adults-with-incapacity/

Registration of tenant organisations

Non-registered tenant organisations Criteria for registration of tenant organisations Applying for registered tenant organisation status Other aspects of the registration of tenant organisations More information Non-registered tenant organisations We support the delivery of tenant participation in Aberdeenshire by registered tenant organisations...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/tenant-participation/registration-of-tenant-organisations/

Winter maintenance resources

The provision of the winter maintenance service costs the council in the region of £4 million to £9 million depending on the severity of the winter. Over the winter period we expect to use between 40,000 tonnes and 55,000 tonnes of salt and spend between £1.9 million to £2.9 million on winter plant (such as snow ploughs, gritters, tractors). Our wo...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/roads/winter-maintenance/resources-and-limitations/

Public access - planning and building register

View our briefing notes to find out how we are maintaining a functioning planning system during coronavirus.   You can view planning and building applications register (public access) to find applications in your area, view documents and drawings relating to them:  Planning applications Planning enforcement notices Building warrant applications  ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/public-access/

Contact Children and Families teams

View locations and contact details of your local Children and Families team. Worried about a child or young personIf you are worried that a child or young person is at risk or is being abused phone 01467 537111 (9am - 5pm).For out of hours support phone 03456 08 12 06 (weekdays and all weekend).In an emergency phone 999 for police assistance. Ar...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/children-and-families/children-and-families-team-offices/

Public access - licensing register

You can use licensing register (public access) to view details of current licence applications as well as licences that have been already issued. The information on the system is constantly updated throughout working days. Any new applications are available as soon as they are viewed to be valid.  The register also allows you to create a profile to...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/licensing/licence-register/

Civil Partnership Ceremony

Civil partnerships are now available to both mixed and same sex couples. Our registrars can preside over your Civil Partnership ceremony all over Aberdeenshire, from the top of a mountain to a more traditional ceremony venue.  Once you have decided on a date and venue for your Civil Partnership ceremony, you should contact the appropriate Registrat...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/registrars/civil-partnerships/civil-partnership-ceremony/

Animal Health and Welfare

Aberdeenshire Council Environmental Health Service is responsible for enforcement of animal health & welfare legislation. This protects the welfare of livestock on farms, at markets and during transportation. Report dead or missing animal To report a dead or missing animal contact our Waste team.  Please let them know:  what animal it is what ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/animal-health/animal-health-and-welfare/

Ythan Project

The Ythan Project was a partnership project which aimed to protect, restore and enhance the river Ythan in Aberdeenshire. The project had three main aims: to include local people in the work being undertaken and the decisions being made to undertake restoration work to improve the river environment at key locations to work with farmers on river-re...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/natural-heritage/ythan-project/

Community Resilience Fund

The council has made funds available for community resilience work. Find out more: Eligibility Funds How to apply Community resilience privacy notice (pdf 95KB) Eligibility The Aberdeenshire Community Resilience Fund is for community or resilience groups seeking funding to support community resilience in connection with: Vulnerability - protecti...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/community-resilience/

Wind Energy Developments

You can also view the Development Briefs Wind Energy Developments On 25th August 2005 the Infrastructure Services Committee approved the use of supplementary planning guidance on Policy Inf\7: Renewable Energy Facilities - wind energy The guidelines are split into two separate documents. Both sets of guidelines have been developed as part of Aberde...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/plans-and-policies/wind-energy-developments/

Central Buchan A2B

Central Buchan A2B dial-a-bus service is operated by Kininmonth Cabs. The service is open to the general public, and in most cases a door-to-door service is provided. Area covered and operating times Central Buchan A2B is a door-to-door service operating Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 6.30pm and Saturday between 8am and 6.30pm. You can ask to ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/public-transport/a2b-dial-a-bus/central-buchan/

Power Boating (Rescue Craft for Dinghy Sailing and Windsurfing Only)

Qualifying Awards Royal Yachting Association Coaching Scheme RYA Powerboat Level 2 The minimum requirement for using power boats as rescue craft. This is often regarded the “driving licence” for powerboats. RYA Intermediate Instructor This award enables the holder to teach powerboat skills up to and including RYA Level 2. RYA Advanced Instructor Th...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/outdoor/activities/power-boating-rescue-craft-for-dinghy-sailing-and-windsurfing-only/

Aberdeenshire Historic Kirkyards Conservation and Repair

With over 150 historic kirkyards widely dispersed throughout the North-East, Aberdeenshire is home to a fascinating collection of memorials and tombstones. Dating from the 13th to the 17th century, the kirkyards have important architectural and historic significance which assists us to understand our local and nation's history. To prevent further d...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/archaeology/projects/historic-kirkyards/aberdeenshire-historic-kirkyards-conservation-and-repair/

Agricultural Block Exemption Regulation (ABER) Award - SA.53572

Following Section 20 of the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003, Scottish Local Authorities may provide aid for investments in connection with the processing of agricultural products and the marketing of agricultural products. This is in accordance with Article 17 of the Commission Regulation (EC) No. 702/2014 - the Regulation. This payment is ma...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/support-and-advice/communities/community-led-local-development/aber-award/

Durnhythe Care Home

Durnhythe care home is in peaceful surroundings in Portsoy, close to the village centre. It is a two storey building and can accommodate 33 residents. All bedrooms are fully furnished. You can personalise your room by bringing some of your favourite furniture, photographs or other personal items. Each bedroom has a lockable space for safe keeping o...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/living-independently/care-homes/council-care-homes/durnhythe-care-home-portsoy/

Ukraine support

People across Aberdeenshire and beyond are looking for ways in which they can help support communities and individuals caught up in the ongoing situation in Ukraine. How Ukrainians can come to the UK The UK Government has announced the following routes for Ukrainians to come to the UK: Ukraine Family Scheme visa Homes for Ukraine Direct Sponsor Ho...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/ukraine-support/

Register of Members' Interests

Regulations made under the 2000 Act - Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Register of Interests) Regulations 2003 - provide for Councillors to give Notice of "Registrable Interests" as follows (references relate to paragraphs of the Councillors' Code of Conduct): Gifts and hospitality (3.13) Remuneration (4.3 to 4.11) Relate...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/councillors/register-of-members-interests-amended-270715register-of-interests/

Being a community councillor

Being a community councillor means you have shared responsibility for the success of the community council, even if you are not an office bearer. You must commit to the role and uphold the standards and values of the community council. All members should contribute to discussions and decisions concerning the work of the community council. Roles wit...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/community-councils/become-community-councillor/

Tyres disposal

We stopped accepting vehicle tyres for disposal because we need more space for recycling at the council’s recycling and waste facilities. We are trying to make space for more recyclable materials instead, so that residents can recycle more. When you need new tyres on your car, ask the garage where you have them fitted to dispose of your old tyres f...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/household-rubbish/tyres-disposal/

Health and Social Care Partnership grant fund

The Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) grant fund is used to support voluntary and third sector groups or organisations to provide services which contribute to the delivery of the HSCP's Strategic Plan.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the HSCP is particularly keen to strengthen and build on the incredible community respon...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/ahscp/hscp-grant-funding-programme/

Why we created our Digital Strategy

The work of our previous digital strategy ‘Innovate Aberdeenshire’ 2015-2020 paved the way for customers to access and use our services in new ways, and facilitated new internal working practices which improved the quality of our services, whilst contributing to the overall efficiency savings for the Council. These strong foundations stood us incre...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/digital-strategy/digital-strategy-background/

Very Sheltered Housing

Very Sheltered Housing lets older people or people with disabilities keep their independence and privacy while making sure care and support is provided. It is usually offered to people who are 60 years of age or above and vulnerable in their current accommodation. Younger applicants may be considered depending on their circumstances. Applicants are...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/living-independently/very-sheltered-housing/

Small society lottery return

Every society registered with us to run small society lotteries must submit a return after each lottery is held. This is to allow us to assess whether financial limits are being adhered to and to ensure that any money raised is being applied for the proper purpose. The information that must be submitted is as follows: The arrangements for the lott...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/licensing/licences-and-permits/lottery-licence/small-society-lottery-return/

Community Mental Health Team

Our Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) assesses, treats and manages care needs and provides support for people experiencing serious mental health problems. The team help you to live as independently as possible in your community. We have 3 teams covering North, South and Central Aberdeenshire. They are integrated teams of different health and soci...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/living-independently/mental-health-wellbeing-services/community-mental-health-team/

The Faithlie Centre

Conservation and building adaption category – category winner, distinction Project – The Faithlie CentreArchitect – Moxon Architects LtdMain Contractor – Morrison Construction LtdEngineer – David Narro Associates (Structural Engineer)Location – Fraserburgh Photos – Ben Addy The judging panel felt this was a really key project in terms of regenerati...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/built-heritage/aberdeenshire-design-awards/conservation-and-building-adaption/faithlie-centre/

Self-directed Support payment card queries and contact us

This page has contact information to help you with any questions about your Self-directed Support (SDS) payment card and account. The card is provided by our partner Prepaid Financial Services (PFS). If you have any questions about your care and support, please contact your Social Worker, Care Manager, Enablement and Support Coordinator, Local Area...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/financial-support/self-directed-support/sds-payment-card/sds-payment-card-contacts/

Ready2Go conditions of booking and carriage

Passengers will only be carried if they have a booking and have received confirmation of their pick-up time. Passengers should hold a valid ticket (or free bus pass) or pay the appropriate fare when boarding the bus.  Passengers attempting to hail the bus or board it without a booking will not be carried. Bookings must be made using the Ready2Go ap...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/public-transport/ready2go-conditions-of-booking-and-carriage/

Manual Handling

Manual Handling operations may result in injury, accidents and ill health. In fact these work activities account for approximately 25% of all reported work related injuries every year and it is estimated that many more occur which are never reported. So what is manual handling and how does it relate to your business? Manual Handling - Risk Assessm...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/health-and-safety/legislation-and-guidance/manual-handling/

Burial ground charges

Our burial ground fees don't include undertaker related services or crematorium fees. The fees are higher for non residents as they don't pay Council Tax to Aberdeenshire Council. These fees only cover the purchase of the lair (grave), the preparation of the lair for the burial, the backfilling of the lair and laying out of flowers once the burial ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/bereavement/burial-grounds/burial-grounds-fees/

Digital Connectivity

On this page you can find out more information about digital connectivity, including broadband and mobile coverage, ongoing projects within the Aberdeenshire area, and how we can assist your home or business. This includes information on: Universal Service Obligation Reach 100% - Superfast Broadband for all Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS)...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/support-and-advice/communities/digital-connectivity/

Housing First

The Council also have a Housing First Housing Support Programme for those whose Housing needs are made profoundly harder by experience with trauma, addictions and mental health.  The service will work with other support services to help and support you for as long as you want it, with the aim being to help you sustain your tenancy and live in a saf...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-first/

Delivering development - action programme

As a requirement of the development planning process, we have prepared an action programme to accompany the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan 2017 which was adopted on 17 April 2017.  The action programme supports delivery of the Local Development Plan and serves as a project management tool to implement the strategy of the plan. The action prog...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/plans-and-policies/delivering-development/

Gambling licences and gaming permits

Please note that at the moment, council offices are closed and officers are working from home due to coronavirus. There may be a delay in processing paper application. Find out more about changes to licensing services. Aberdeenshire Licensing Board's current Gambling Policy came into force on 9th February 2022. The Board’s Gambling Policy has to be...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/licensing/licences-and-permits/gambling-gaming-and-lotteries/

School clothing grants

The grant is £120 per year (1st April to 31st March) for primary school aged children and £150 per year (1st April to 31st March) for secondary school aged children. On this page you can find out more about: Who can get school clothing grant How to apply Payments Buying a school uniform Who to contact Who can get school clothing grant The school ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/school-info/assistance/school-clothing-grants/

Free school meals

Information is available in a range of languages.  A free school meal is a school lunch we provide free of charge to children from families on a low income: Who can get free school meal How to apply Change in circumstances Contact Who can get free school meal If your child attends primary school and qualifies for this entitlement they will be pro...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/school-info/assistance/free-school-meals/

Council operated A2B dial-a-bus services

A2B dial-a-bus is a pre-booked minibus service providing travel for shopping or to access other local services or facilities. In most cases a door-to-door service is provided, operating during weekdays. The service is free to use. Transport bookings are accepted up to a week before travel or up to a fortnight for health-related trips. Bookings must...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/public-transport/a2b-dial-a-bus/council-run-a2b/

Community council elections - nominations guidance

On this page you can view our guidance note to help you complete the nomination form for community council elections. Name of the community council Please insert the name of the community council you wish to join. Commonly used forenames Please include any other forenames you may be known as. Address, telephone and email Your full address, telephon...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/community-councils/cc-election/cc-nominations-guidance/

St Mary's Kirkyard Banff

In the heart of Banff, one of the most important sea-ports in medieval Scotland, are the remains of the parish church of St Mary’s. The story that it, and the burials around it, can tell is intimately bound up with the changing fortunes of the burgh of Banff itself and the surrounding countryside. The parish kirk of St Mary’s that was rebuilt in 14...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/archaeology/projects/historic-kirkyards/st-marys-kirkyard-banff/

Fostering in Aberdeenshire

Children come into foster care for various reasons, but mainly for their own health and safety. Sometimes there are problems at home and breakdowns in family relationships. Some children may be neglected or abused in other ways. There may have been a sudden family illness and there are no other relatives available to help out. At any one time in Ab...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/children-and-families/fostering/fostering-in-aberdeenshire/

Buchan area funding

View grants and funding available in the Buchan area: Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funding Common Good Fund applications Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funding Aberdeenshire Charities Trust (ACT2) administers charitable funds in Aberdeenshire and is a registered charity (SC045539). There are designated funds available to the council wards in the ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/buchan/

COVID-19 Self-isolation Support Grant

From 1st May 2022 there is no legal requirement to self-isolate, and as a result the rules for the Self-isolation Support Grant are also changing.  If you are unwell, have been absent from work and have tested positive with a PCR for COVID-19, or have been absent from work because you are the main carer of a child under 16, or a disabled adult over...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/scottish-welfare-fund/covid-19-self-isolation-support-grant/

Short Breaks Bureau

The Short Breaks Bureau supports carers and the people they care for to access personalised short breaks (also known as innovative respite).  Our Short Breaks Bureau service offers practical support and advice to people planning a short break. They work with Health and Social Care staff to make sure you, and the person you care for, get the best br...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/caring-for-others/short-breaks-respite-care/short-breaks-bureau/

Using the Self-directed Support payment card

The Self-directed Support (SDS) payment card should be used to pay for care and support agreed in your support plan. For example to pay: for care from an agency transport leisure activities support services your personal assistants As long as the payment you wish to make is agreed in your support plan, you can use the payment card to make payment...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/financial-support/self-directed-support/sds-payment-card/sds-payment-card-use/

£150 Council Tax payment: cost of living award

Aberdeenshire households can get a one-off £150 cost of living award as per the Scottish Government budget announcement. This page contains information on who is eligible to receive this payment, and how you can receive it.  Eligible households Payment of the Cost of Living award is based on where you are resident on 14th February 2022. Each qualif...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-tax/cost-of-living-award/

Re-use of public sector information

The Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations are intended to encourage and make it easier to re-use information produced by public organisations.  Re-use means the use of information for any purpose other than that for which it was originally produced. For example, this would mean an individual, company or other organisation taking informati...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/data/re-use-information/

If you are an Archaeological Consultant

You will be contacting us for a variety of reasons, from collecting baseline data for Environmental Impact Assessments and Desk-Based Assessments to seeking comments on areas a client is interested in. The type of record that we hold is an historic environment record (HER). In addition to the SQL based databases we maintain, we can import and expor...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/archaeology/what-to-do-if-i-am-a/if-you-are-an-archaeological-consultant/

Banff and Buchan area funding

View grants and funding available in the Banff and Buchan area: Banff and Buchan Area Initiative Fund 2021/22 Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funding Common Good Fund applications Banff and Buchan Area Initiative Fund 2022/23 The Banff and Buchan Area Committee, at its meeting on Tuesday, 29th March 2022 agreed to allocate £81,200 to promote the de...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/banff-and-buchan/

Kincardine and Mearns area funding

View grants and funding available in the Kincardine and Mearns area: Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee funding Kincardineshire Education Trust application Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funding Common Good Fund applications Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee funding The area committee has a small budget which can be used to 'top up' other fun...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/kincardine-and-mearns/

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

EMA applications for session 2021-22 are now closed. Application forms for session 2022-23 will be available in due course. Please check back on the website for updates. An Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is an allowance of £30 per week, which can be paid to eligible students who stay on in education after the age of 16 years. Your EMA is pai...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/school-info/assistance/ema/

Housing Support

We can arrange for Housing Support to be provided to people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, or are having difficulty maintaining a tenancy. Our Housing Support Officer will carry out an assessment of your support needs and arrange for support to be provided. Currently support is provided by The Salvation Army and Aberdeen Foyer.  We p...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-support/

Licensing - Coronavirus

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we have had to make changes to the way we operate. Find out more about these changes: Face to face contact Submitting applications Committee and board meetings If you are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can have this information translated for you via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the online British Sign Langua...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/licensing/licensing-covid-19/

General guidelines on changes to the Licensing service - Coronavirus

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we have had to make changes to the way we operate. Find out more about these changes: Face to face contact Submitting applications Committee and board meetings If you are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can have this information translated for you via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the online British Sign Langua...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/licensing/general-guidelines-covid-19/

Ready2Go around Inverurie

From 16th August 2021, Ready2Go operates in the Inverurie area including: Inverurie Insch Kemnay Kintore Monymusk Oldmeldrum Rothienorman The service operated by Watermill Coaches using minibuses marked with the Ready2Go branding. Operating times The Ready2Go service times are: 6:30am to 7:30pm on Mondays to Fridays 7:30am to 6:30pm on Saturdays...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/public-transport/ready2go-inverurie/

Marriage ceremonies

Our registrars can preside over your wedding ceremony at locations all over Aberdeenshire, from the top of a mountain to a more traditional wedding venue.  There are few moments in a lifetime as unique or memorable as your marriage ceremony. We know that every single ceremony is special, and our experienced registrars enjoy working with couples to ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/registrars/marriages/marriages/

Regeneration schemes for town centres

Town Centre Regeneration Schemes have been carried out in several towns in Aberdeenshire, focusing on the regeneration of towns along the north coast. These have been delivered with the assistance of funding from either or both of Historic Environment Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) and the Heritage Lottery. Through the deli...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/built-heritage/conservation-area-regeneration-schemes-cars/

Building Standards - Coronavirus

We are taking steps to allow us to continue to deliver our services with as little disruption as possible. On this page you can find out about current arrangements for the following: eBuilding Standards portal and paper submissions Warrant process Building work inspections Warrant expiries Dangerous buildings Contact Building Standards team If yo...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/building-standards/building-warrant-covid-19/

Alcohol and Substance Misuse

Abuse of alcohol or substances can effect work performance and jeopardise safety. People under the influence of alcohol or substances at work are a hazard to themselves and the people they work with. Among substances that are deliberately misused are: solvents illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine prescribed drugs such as ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/health-and-safety/legislation-and-guidance/alcohol-and-substance-misuse/

Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service War Memorials Recording Project

Since 2001, the Archaeology Service has been systematically recording all of the war memorials in Aberdeenshire, Moray and Angus, and using the information to update the Historic Environment Records for the three Local Authority areas. Much of this work was carried out initially by local volunteers, whose assistance with the project has been greatl...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/archaeology/projects/aberdeenshire-council-archaeology-service-war-memorials-recording-project/

Dawson Court respite flat

Dawson Court is a modern, purpose built very sheltered housing complex in Turriff for older people and people with complex care needs. A flat at Dawson Court is furnished to provide a short break respite service, so we can work out if there is a need for this facility. Short break respite accommodation gives you the opportunity for a relaxed and en...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/caring-for-others/short-breaks-respite-care/dawson-court-respite/

Jarvis Court respite flat

Jarvis Court is a modern purpose built development of very sheltered housing complex for older people and people with complex care needs. We lease and furnish a flat at Jarvis Court to provide a short break respite service, so we can work out if there is a need for this type of facility. Short break respite accommodation is provided to give you the...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/caring-for-others/short-breaks-respite-care/jarvis-court-respite/

Performance - how we compare to others

The Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) brings together a wide range of information about how all Scottish councils perform in delivering services to local communities. The framework covers most major areas of public service delivery in Scotland and includes information about the cost of services, what outcomes are being achieved and how...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/strategy-and-performance/how-we-compare-to-others/

Supported Lodgings Scheme - information for hosts

What is supported lodgings? Who can apply? What accommodation is required? How long will a placement last? What kind of support do young people need? What can supported lodgings hosts expect from the tenant? How do I become a supported lodging host? How are placements arranged? What about finances? Further information  What is supported lodging...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/children-and-families/throughcare-and-aftercare-service/supported-lodgings-scheme-provider/

Reductions and relief schemes

Various business rates reductions and rates reliefs are available for ratepayers. These reliefs and reductions are subject to individual qualifying criteria: Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief  Empty Property Relief Charitable or Sport Club Relief Rural Relief Disabled Relief Renewable Energy Producers Relief...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-rates/reductions-and-relief-schemes/

Circuses and funfairs

The booking conditions and procedure for circuses and funfairs operating on council owned land are as follows: Funfairs can only be booked by a Registered Fairground Operator Applications must be submitted a minimum of 28 calendar days prior to occupation Applications must be on the approved form available from the offices below and accompanied by...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/parks-and-open-spaces/circuses-and-funfairs/

Developer Obligations

Developer Obligations cover both developer contributions and affordable housing. When a development takes place there is a need for infrastructure and services to accompany it. This can include roads, schools or a wide range of facilities depending on the scale and location of development. Developer contributions are intended to ensure that develop...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/plans-and-policies/developer-obligations/

Delivering our priorities across services

Over the next few years, we will sharpen the focus on our Priorities. Services are likely to look very different to how they are now, and we will have to take significant cost out of the organisation in order to deliver our Medium-Term Financial Strategy and continue to balance the books. In order to do this, we have set out how we will support the...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-plan/delivering-our-priorities-across-services/

If you are an SRDP applicant or Forestry Manager

There may be archaeological sites within your SRDP or forestry scheme area which will need to be protected and managed. The Archaeology Service is able to provide information and advice on the historic environment to help in preparing applications for schemes within Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus and Aberdeen City Council areas. Information and advice...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/archaeology/what-to-do-if-i-am-a/if-you-are-an-srdp-applicant-or-forestry-manager/

Enduring post adoption support

Children joining an adoptive family require to be parented in a way that builds their attachments and allows them to feel safe and secure throughout childhood. Our staff are able to support you with adoptive parenting through our extensive knowledge and experience of how a high structure and high nurture approach can benefit your whole family. No t...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/children-and-families/adoption/new-to-adoption/enduring-support/

Licensing

Listed Alphabetically: Animal Feed Business Consumer Credit or Hire Explosives Petroleum Poisons Animal Feed Business To ensure that the quality of animal feed is maintained by using appropriate storage and transport arrangements. The Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 require feed businesses to register with Food Standard...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/business/licensing/

Registrars services - Coronavirus

On this page you can view update on registration services during coronavirus (COVID-19). We are currently seeing unprecedented demand due to recent easing of ceremony restrictions. All registration requests are reviewed and prioritised. We appreciate your patience during this period. Registration availability The health, safety and wellbeing of our...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/registrars/registrars-covid-19/

Refugee Resettlement

Aberdeenshire had no previous experience of supporting refugees. We are not an asylum dispersal area, so numbers of refugees and asylum seekers living in Aberdeenshire were estimated in single figures. Most councils in the UK with resettlement experience managed resettlement via housing teams, but Aberdeenshire took a slightly different approach t...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/refugees/

Trading standards - Coronavirus

The Trading Standards service is committed to meet statutory regulations and will continue to carry out duties to protect public health, public safety and animal welfare at this time. On this page you can find out more about: Bulletins Pricing concerns How to avoid scams Report a scam or a business acting unfairly Known coronavirus scams Scams tra...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/trading-standards-covid-19/

Health and Social Care Strategies, Plans and Reports

The key documents for Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) and the Integration Joint Board (IJB) are on this web page. They include our organisation and service specific strategies, the plans that direct the services we deliver and our annual performance reports and accounts. The documents are grouped as follows: Governance St...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/ahscp/health-and-social-care-strategies-plans-and-reports/

Children’s Social Work services - Coronavirus

Whilst coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an impact on service delivery, Children’s Services Social Work is still here, and we continue to provide support to children and families in need across Aberdeenshire. We are expecting a greater demand on many of our services over the coming weeks and months. We will do all we can to continue to support our c...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/children-and-families/children-social-work-covid-19/

Purchasing Services

Conditions of Contracting with the Council The Council have terms and conditions that suppliers are required to adhere to when they deal with the Council. Where there are larger value contracts that deal with particular goods, works or services specific bespoke terms and conditions may be issued with tender documents for these. However, attached ar...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/about-us/purchasing-services/

Gypsy Travellers

Gypsy Travellers, or as per official term Gypsy/Travellers, are a recognised ethnic group. They consider the travelling lifestyle part of their ethnic identity and culture. It’s difficult to give an exact figure of how many live in Aberdeenshire. A study has suggested there are 100 to 200 Gypsy Travellers living in Aberdeenshire at any one time. Vi...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/minority-ethnic-communities/about-gypsy-travellers/

Use of Ultraviolet Equipment

What is UV? The sun gives out a range of different forms of energy. This range is termed the electromagnetic spectrum and includes ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Scientists have classed UV into three bands: UVC UVB UVA UVC is absorbed by the ozone layer and does not reach the earth's surface. UVB is partially absorbed by the ozone layer and the atmo...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/health-and-safety/legislation-and-guidance/use-of-ultraviolet-equipment/

Before council home upgrades

We will write to you at least 3 months before the start of the 12-month period in which your home is due for an upgrade. We will send you information including our guide to all upgrades covering what’s involved and what you need to do. The guide will also have important information in it about COVID-19 and how this can still affect your upgrades. I...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/tenant-information/improvement-works/before-council-home-upgrades/

Odours

An odour can be defined as a smell that is detectable. People have different abilities and tolerances of odours, and as such, we are faced with an often difficult task of establishing whether the odour is bad enough to cause a 'nuisance' or simply causes annoyance. There are no laws that relate specifically to odour, nor is there a fixed level whic...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/environmental-health/odours/

Formartine area funding

View grants and funding available in the Formartine area: Formartine Area Committee funding Aberdeenshire Charities Trust funding Common Good Fund applications Formartine Area Committee funding Funding is available from the Formartine Area Committee. To apply complete the Formartine grant application form (PDF 133KB). Aberdeenshire Charities Trus...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/formartine/

Charitable collection licence

Please note that at the moment, council offices are closed and officers are working from home due to coronavirus. There may be a delay in processing paper application. Find out more about changes to licensing services. Anyone who organises a collection of money for charity, either in a public place or house to house, needs permission from the counc...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/licensing/licences-and-permits/public-charitable-collection/

Domestic abuse services and support

This page provides information on the support and services available to those affected by domestic violence and abuse in Aberdeenshire. Domestic violence and abuse includes physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members. There are different kinds of abuse, but it is always about having power and co...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/living-independently/domestic-abuse-services/

Housing Support

What is Housing Support? Who can receive support? What can the Housing Support service help you with? What the Housing Support service cannot help you with The role of your Housing Officer (Support) How to contact us Housing Support privacy notice (pdf 82.1KB) What is Housing Support? Our Housing Support Outreach Service is a free, short term ser...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/renting/housing-support/

Aberdeenshire Travel Plan

In 2005 Aberdeenshire council published a council wide travel plan. Currently we are reviewing our main sites and seeking to implement site specific travel plans. Various initiatives have been delivered to support the aims of travel planning.  Travel plan initiatives Maintaining a high profile through interesting initiatives is important for any tr...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/transportation/travel-planning/travel-plan/

Premises licence - guidance

We produced guidance to help you understand the process of applying for premises licence. For further information view full guidance (pdf 191KB). View information about: Who can apply Operating plan Layout plan Disabled access and facilities statement Who can apply Any person aged 18 and over can apply for a premises licence as can a partnership,...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/licensing/licences-and-permits/new-premises-licences/premises-licence-conditions/

Aberdeenshire Town Centres Phoenix Fund

This scheme has been fully subscribed and has now closed to new enquiries and applications. The Town Centres Phoenix Fund was a one-off grant that was made available to eligible town centres across Aberdeenshire with a fundamental principle to support the town centre businesses (collectively) to ‘re-launch’ their town centres, encourage footfall a...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/support-and-advice/communities/phoenix-fund/

Rehabilitation and detox

Rehabilitation and detox from alcohol and drug misuse is a lengthy and life-changing process. It requires considerable preparation and investment from yourself and the services supporting you. Community rehabilitation Your assessment and care plan may identify community rehabilitation as the best service for your needs. A Care Manager will work wit...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/community-care/living-independently/substance-misuse-services/rehabilitation-and-detox/

Planning and environment services - coronavirus

We are taking steps to allow us to continue to deliver our services with as little disruption as possible. On this page you can find out about current arrangements for the following: Planning applications Enforcement - planning control Local Development Plan - public consultation closed Environment and archaeology If you are a British Sign Langua...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/planning-and-environment-covid-19/

Who's Who

The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017 provides the perfect opportunity to discover the heritage resources that Aberdeenshire Council and its partners have to offer. Find out more about who we are, what we do and our 2017 activities.  Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives Aberdeenshire Council shares its Archive Service with Aberd...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/hha/hha-partners/

Renting from a registered social landlord

Housing associations are ‘not-for-profit’ organisations who offer affordable accommodation. Some specialise in accommodation for particular groups of people such as older people or disabled people. Many are registered social landlords which means they are required to register with the Government. Housing association rents are generally cheaper than...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/housing/housing-options/renting/renting-from-a-registered-social-landlord/

North East Economic Recovery Skills Fund: The Deens Project

The North East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund (NEERSF) is a £14.3 million investment by the Scottish Government to support economic recovery and enhance skill levels in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire through key sector growth, employment, training, and skills development opportunities. The fund is delivering 29 projects that will benefit more t...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/support-and-advice/business-support/neersf-deens-project/

What we do with personal information

Find out what we do with your personal information: How we use your personal information Where we store your personal information How long we store your personal information for How we keep your personal information secure When we transfer your personal information beyond the European Economic Area (EEA) The reasons we share your personal informat...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/data/data-protection/personal-data-what-we-do/

Business Continuity Planning

What is Business Continuity Planning? Business Continuity Planning is a management process that provides a framework for building resilience of an organisation with respect to any eventuality. It provides a basis for planning to ensure continuity of key services, in the event of a disruption. A business continuity plan involves thinking ahead and p...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/support-and-advice/business-support/business-continuity-planning/

Procurement

View procurement information on: Contracts register Conditions of contracting with the council Tender opportunities Other publications Larger contracts Community Care and Support Services Schools Tender documents Tender return and evaluation Contract award Seeking feedback Payment Supplier development Joint procurement strategy Procurement annual ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/procurement/

How to apply

Applying for a job with Aberdeenshire Council Searching for a job Completing the application form Shortlisting of applications Invite to Interview Interview Assessment Centre Job offer pending checks Other information GJIS Applying for a job with Aberdeenshire Council Aberdeenshire Council is one of the largest employers in the North East of Sco...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/how-to-apply/

Health, Safety and Welfare

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations relate to the suitability of all workplaces for all members of the workforce including those with disabilities. These regulations relate to premises with employees and not those with only self employed persons. So what is a suitable workplace? There are specific requirements laid down ...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/health-and-safety/legislation-and-guidance/health-safety-and-welfare/

Gardenstown landslip - media statements

View Gardenstown landslip media statements in reverse time order. You can also read the latest media releases. 18th June 2018 - First phase of Gardenstown landslip protection complete as final nails secure mesh to slope The first phase of work to secure the unstable slope above Gardenstown’s Harbour Road has been completed with the final soil nails...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/local/gardenstown-landslip/media-statements/

Inspiring Aberdeenshire 2022 finalists

View the finalists for the Inspiring Aberdeenshire 2022 awards: Community Spirit Award Cultural Award Beautiful Aberdeenshire Environmental Award Future Award Heart Award Local Hero Award Inspirational Volunteer Award Lifetime Achievement Award Community Spirit Award JSK Running Group JSK Running Group, or Jog Scotland Kintore, was set up in 2014...

https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/events/inspiringaberdeenshire/inspiring-aberdeenshire-finalists/