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Scottish Welfare Fund helps nearly 135,000 households 28/04/15 [S]

Nearly 135,000 households have been helped by the Scottish Welfare Fund, since the scheme began in April 2013. During its first 21 months of operation, around £56 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.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released statistics on the Scottish Welfare Fund covering the period from 1 April 2013 to 31 December 2014. The statistics showed that of nearly 135,000 households helped, 73,000 were single people and 44,000 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. Between April 2013 and December 2014, around 63,000 households received a total of 71,000 awards for Community Care Grants, averaging around £600 per award. The awards were typically for white goods, furnishings and floor coverings.

Around 93,000 households – including around 22,000 households who’d also received Community Care Grants - received a total of 158,000 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.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

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Scottish Welfare Fund helps nearly 135,000 households