Scottish Welfare Fund

  • Supporting clients with no money


    factsheet

    This factsheet outlines some of the potential sources of support that may be available when clients are without money because of benefit delays, sanctions or some other crisis.

  • The Scottish Welfare Fund and advance payments of benefit


    factsheet

    This factsheet explains the new Scottish Welfare Fund, changes to the DWP discretionary Social Fund, and new advance payments of benefits which were introduced from April 2013.

  • Dealing with destitution

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Increasingly advisers are supporting clients who have been left destitute due to a problem with their benefits. This course covers the common causes and focuses on practical steps advisers can take to get benefits (including universal credit) in payment and access other support.

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  • Elearning courses


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    We have developed three elearning courses to help frontline workers who do not work in welfare rights get to grips with important changes in the benefits system. These three courses are currently free:

    • Scottish Welfare Fund
    • Surviving the Appeals Process
    • Universal Credit

    Advantages of elearning

    Elearning has many advantages. It is a flexible and cost effective way to learn, avoiding the expense of travel and extra time away from work.

    There are other benefits that might not be so obvious:

  • Local welfare assistance: resources


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    Need other ways to get help in an emergency?

    See this blog and scroll down to the heading, Short-term benefit advances and other emergency provision

  • Local welfare assistance schemes


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    Your local welfare assistance scheme (LWAS) can help you if you are in urgent need following an emergency or unforeseen event and have no other source of help. The schemes are run by local councils and they vary. You may be able to get vouchers to pay for food, fuel or clothing or bigger basic living items such as beds, cookers and fridges. You can’t usually get cash.

  • Scottish Welfare Fund - effective applications

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This half-day course provides both a practical introduction to the fund and an overview of the tactics which make for an effective application. It explains when and how to make applications for DWP short-term benefit advances – often a preliminary step before a Scottish Welfare Fund application.

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  • CPAG in Scotland briefing on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1 Debate

    December 2014
    briefing

    The Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill was debated (Stage 1) in the Scottish Parliament on 15 December 2014. CPAG in Scotland produced this briefing for MSPs.

  • CPAG in Scotland response to the Call for evidence on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill - August 2014

    August 2014
    briefing

    The Scottish Parlament's Welfare Reform Committee has issued a Call for Evidence on the Bill intended to place the Scottish welfare fund (SWF) on a permanent footing from 2015.

    Our response welcomes the Bill but raises concerns with soem aspects of the Bill, drawing on evidence from our advice line about the operation of the interim SWF. You can read the full response here.

  • SCoWR response to the Call for Evidence on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill - August 2014

    August 2014
    briefing

    The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) responded to the Call for Evidence on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill, drawing on the five principles set out in the SCoWR Manifesto for change.

    You can read the full response here.