Scottish Welfare Fund



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

Scottish Welfare Fund awards total more than £148m

Low income families have received awards of more than £148 million since the creation of the Scottish Welfare Fund in April 2013.

Published 31 January 2018

Rise in crisis grant applications shows 'human cost of housing crisis'

Shelter Scotland has said the latest Scottish Welfare Fund statistics from the Scottish Government show the human cost of the housing crisis and welfare reform.

Published 1 November 2017

Scottish Welfare Fund has assisted over a quarter of a million households

More than a quarter of a million individual low-income households have received awards totalling £132.6 million from the Scottish Welfare Fund since its inception in 2013.

Published 25 July 2017

Scottish Welfare Fund pays out £26m to struggling Scots in nine months

More than £26 million in grants have been issued in nine months through the Scottish Welfare Fund to help Scottish households in need.

Published 26 April 2017