Monday, October 14, 2019

100,000 Receive Help From Scottish Welfare Fund

[divide color=”#cccccc”]

Over 100,000 struggling households have received help from the Scottish Welfare Fund, shocking new figures reveal.

During its first 15 months of operation, over £38 million has been allocated, providing a safety net to households in a disaster or emergency and helping people set up home or stay in the community rather than being in care.

The statistics showed that of over 100,000 households helped by the scheme, nearly 55,000 were single people and nearly 32,000 were families with children.

The Scottish Welfare Fund comprises of Community Care Grants – which help people to live independently – and Crisis Grants, which provide a safety net in a disaster or emergency.

During the first fifteen months of the scheme, 43,000 households received a total of 48,000 awards for Community Care Grants, say the Scottish Government, averaging around £640 per award. The awards were typically for white goods (such as cookers and fridges), furnishings and floor coverings.

Around 70,000 households – including 13,000 households who’d also received Community Care Grants – received a total of 108,000 Crisis Grant awards, averaging around £70 per award.

For Crisis Grants, most expenditure was on food, essential heating costs and other living expenses.

The statistics were produced by independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Source: Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics.
Source: Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics.

[divide color=”#cccccc”]

Photo credit: NoHoDamon via photopin cc

[divide color=”#cccccc”]

Join us on social media

16,667FansLike
9,371FollowersFollow

Popular News

UK pensioners ‘suffering the worst poverty rate in western Europe’

Tories warned against further rises to the state pension age.

Disabled jobseekers told to ‘downplay’ the severity of their medical condition

DWP advises jobseekers not to use words like "chronic" and "depression" on application forms.

A homeless person dies every 19 hours in austerity Britain

Services are failing to protect homelessness people, say campaigners.

Disability hate crime soars as campaigners demand immediate action

Only 6% of all reported incidents are pursued by police.

Benefits freeze pushing low-income families to the brink of homelessness

94% of properties in the private rented sector are unaffordable for families on benefits.

Latest News

2.6 million mid-life workers expect to leave their job to care for a relative

Government urged to invest in long-term and sustainable social care funding so that more people can remain in work.

MPs call for the restoration of free tv licences for all over-75’s

BBC should not be "administering welfare benefits", says Committee.

3 in 4 people agree that benefits should increase to help prevent homelessness

Poll finds that 75% believe housing benefit should be increased to cover rising rents.

Disabled jobseekers told to ‘downplay’ the severity of their medical condition

DWP advises jobseekers not to use words like "chronic" and "depression" on application forms.

Disability hate crime soars as campaigners demand immediate action

Only 6% of all reported incidents are pursued by police.

Benefits freeze pushing low-income families to the brink of homelessness

94% of properties in the private rented sector are unaffordable for families on benefits.

More Articles Like This