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15/07/14 09:30

Scottish Welfare Fund helps over 80,000 households

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Over 80,000 households have been helped by the Scottish Welfare Fund, during its first year of operation. Between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014, a total of £29 million was 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.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released statistics on the first year of the Scottish Welfare Fund. The statistics showed that of over 80,000 households helped, over 44,000 were single people and nearly 26,000 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 year of the scheme, 33,000 households received a total of 36,000 awards for Community Care Grants, averaging around £640 per award. The awards were typically for white goods, furnishings and floor coverings.

Around 56,000 households – including 9,000 households who’d also received Community Care Grants - received a total of 82,000 Crisis Grant awards, averaging around £70 per award. For Crisis Grants, most expenditure was on food, essential heating costs and other living expenses.

The figures released today 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.

Notes to editors

The full statistical publication is available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Social-Welfare/swf

This publication contains: an overview of who has been helped by the scheme; details on the processing times for applications; information on what the Scottish welfare Fund has been spent on and household analyses. Local authority analyses and details of the operation of the review process are also provided.

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About

On 1 April 2013, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) abolished two elements of the Social Fund - Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans - and transferred funds previously spent on them to Scottish Ministers. In its place, the Scottish Government established the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF). The Scottish Welfare Fund is a national scheme run by local authorities, based on guidance from Scottish Ministers. The guidance has been developed in partnership with COSLA, local authorities and other stakeholders.