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Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill Briefing, 19/08/14 [S]

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre has published a briefing which gives an overview of the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill, its financial memorandum and impact assessments as well as offering further background information on the Scottish Welfare Fund.

The Scottish Welfare Fund provides crisis grants which aim to provide a safety net for people on low income during a disaster or emergency. It also provides ad hoc community care grants to help vulnerable people remain independent in the community, preventing the need for institutional care. The fund has been operating as an interim scheme since the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) abolished the UK discretionary Social Fund in April 2013 and transferred the funding for community care grants and crisis loans to the Scottish Government.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill Briefing