Scottish Welfare Fund



Spike in crisis grant applications

A 59% increase in applications for crisis grants in Scotland in March shows that low-income families are struggling to cope with the impacts of the coronavirus crisis, social security secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has said.

Published 11 May 2020

Scottish Welfare Fund statistics ‘shine spotlight on people in need’

Governments must not lose sight of the underlying reasons behind the increasing reliance on welfare, Shelter Scotland has warned after new statistics revealed an increase in awards by the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Published 29 April 2020

Online benefits calculator helps Angus residents during coronavirus crisis

Angus Council’s online benefits calculator has helped residents to identify and confirm benefits totalling £3.4 million in the first critical week of the coronavirus lockdown.

Published 23 April 2020

‘Immediate and substantial increase’ required to Scottish Welfare Fund

A coalition of anti-poverty charities is today calling for a significant boost to the Scottish Welfare Fund to protect people in poverty.

Published 18 March 2020

Amount paid out in crisis grants tops £3m over three months

The amount given in crisis grants increased by more than a third in one quarter as low-income families were provided with more than £3 million to cover emergencies.

Published 29 January 2020

Scottish Government spent £100m in 2019 to mitigate austerity

The Scottish Government spent over £100 million to mitigate the effects of UK Government austerity during 2019, new figures have revealed.

Published 7 January 2020

SFHA responds to Scottish Welfare Fund application statistics

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has responded to the new figures which revealed that applications for crisis grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund increased by 12% in the quarter until June compared with the corresponding period last year.

Published 31 October 2019

Number of Scots forced to apply for crisis grants continues to rise

Campaigners are calling for an increase to the Scottish Welfare Fund budget after new statistics released show a rising number of Scots are accessing emergency cash to help pay for food or heating.

Published 30 October 2019

More Scots are worried about running out of food

New figures released by the Scottish Government's annual Health Survey have indicated that more people living in Scotland have been worried about running out of food in the past year.

Published 2 October 2019

‘Housing emergency’ and cost of living to blame as applications for crisis grants soar

Applications for crisis grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund increased by 11% in 2018/19 as the cost of living crisis and Scotland’s “housing emergency” saw more people turn to the fund for help.

Published 31 July 2019

Emergency welfare funding statistics highlight plight of struggling households

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland said the underlying causes of poverty must be tackled as new figures revealed nearly a third of a million low income households accessed emergency funding to help with the costs of essentials such as food and heating in the past six years.

Published 1 May 2019

Scottish Welfare Fund assistance tops £181m

More than £181 million in emergency funding has been accessed by low income households in Scotland since 2013.

Published 29 January 2019

More than 300,000 Scottish households have received emergency grants

A total of 306,305 low income households in Scotland have been helped to pay for essential items such as food and heating through emergency grant funding since 2013.

Published 31 October 2018

Scottish Welfare Fund statistics ‘a sign of human cost to housing crisis’

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland has lamented new figures which reveal that nearly 300,000 households have been helped by emergency relief from the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Published 1 August 2018

Scottish Welfare Fund awards total more than £155m

More than 285,000 households in financial difficulty have received welfare assistance from the Scottish Government over the past five years, new statistics have shown.

Published 24 April 2018