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SCOTTISH WELFARE FUND SUPPORTS FAMILIES IN SOUTH LANARKSHIRE
Over £148 million has been granted to hard-up households since 2013 through the Scottish Welfare Fund, according to latest Scottish Government figures – including over £9 million in South Lanarkshire.
The latest stats show that 275,000 households have benefited from the Scottish Welfare Fund – which provides Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants – with over one third of those helped being families with children.
Around 20,000 people in the local authority area have been helped with emergency Crisis Grants – which are most often spent on food and essential heating – with Tory welfare cuts responsible for 14% of applications to the Scottish Welfare Fund.
SNP MSP for Rutherglen Clare Haughey said:
“It is encouraging to see so many people across South Lanarkshire accessing the support they need through the Scottish Welfare Fund.
“The SNP is committed to continuing to support the people who need it most despite ongoing Tory austerity and callous welfare cuts – which is why this investment of £9.2 million in South Lanarkshire is so important.
“Across the council area in 2017, 100% of those receiving Crisis Grants were helped within 2 working days – proving how quick and effective this emergency funding is for many.
“The Scottish Welfare Fund is one of the important steps the SNP Scottish Government is taking to protect South Lanarkshire from Tory cuts and to make sure more people don’t fall into poverty.”
Notes to editors:
Table 11: Initial Processing Times (Working Days) for Crisis Grants by Local Authority
|% within 2 working days|
|Argyll & Bute||100%|
|Dumfries & Galloway||99%|
|Perth & Kinross||100%|
Table 16: Number of Crisis Grant Awarded by Local Authority and Quarter
|Argyll & Bute||5,415|
|Dumfries & Galloway||11,800|
|Perth & Kinross||10,075|
Full data tables available at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Social-Welfare/swf/SWF30Sept2017
Date published: 1st February 2018