Scottish Welfare Fund
The Scottish Government set up the Scottish Welfare Fund in April 2013.1 It is a national scheme and each of the 32 Scottish local authorities administers and delivers the grants in its own area. There are no localised variations (as there are in England).
Scottish Welfare Fund permanent scheme
The Scottish Government introduced a permanent scheme from April 2016 under the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015. This places a duty on local authorities to provide grants for day-to-day living expenses and household items (for example cookers and beds) to those in crisis or need. The two types of grant are:
- crisis grants to assist people in an emergency or after a disaster
- community care grants to help you in any of the following ways:
- to live independently
- to avoid needing to move into institutional care
- to set up a home if you have been homeless
- if you and your family are facing exceptional pressures
- to care for a prisoner or young offender on temporary release
This is not a complete list. For further details see our Scottish Welfare Fund factsheet.
You can challenge a decision to refuse your application (or to give you less than you asked for) by asking the local authority to review it. This is called a first-tier review. If you are unhappy with the outcome, you can ask the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) for an independent review. The SPSO can change the local authority's decision. For more information about independent reviews, see the SPSO website.
If you are unhappy about the way in which your application or the local authority's review was done, you can instead complain to the SPSO.
- Scottish Welfare Fund Frequently Asked Questions and guidance.
- Scottish Welfare Fund factsheet produced by CPAG in Scotland
- free CPAG in Scotland online training on the Scottish Welfare Fund at elearning.cpag.org.uk
- 1. when DWP community care grants and crisis loans were abolished