Scottish Welfare Fund

  • Supporting clients with no money


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    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.

  • Scottish welfare fund - more information


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    The law on the Scottish Welfare Fund is in the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015 and the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Regulations 2016

    Guidance about how to operate the scheme has been issued to local authorities. 

  • Scottish Welfare Fund


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    The Scottish Welfare Fund provides crisis grants for living expenses in the event of an emergency or disaster, and community care grants to enable and support independent living.

    Timeline

    April 2013       Scottish welfare fund begins.

    Replaced social fund crisis loans for general expenses and community care grants paid by the Department for Work and Pensions.

    2015              Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015

  • Local welfare assistance schemes


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    A local welfare assistance scheme 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

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    This 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.

    The course covers:

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  • 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 in payment and access other support.

    The course covers:

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  • The Scottish Welfare Fund and advance payments of benefit


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    This factsheet explains the new Scottish Welfare Fund, changes to the DWP discretionary Social Fund, and advance payments of benefits.

  • 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

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

    December 2014
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    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.