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Jeane Freeman comment on Scottish Welfare Fund statistics

Published date : 25 Apr 2017

Jeane Freeman comment on Scottish Welfare Fund statistics

Commenting on the latest statistics on the Scottish Welfare Fund, Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman said:

“Nobody chooses to rely on grants but at times of crisis it’s essential the right support is there to help those who need it most and that’s what the Scottish Welfare Fund does – it provides support for those who desperately need it.

“It is a vital lifeline for people in times of need and helps with everyday necessities, such as food, nappies or heating, that many of us take for granted. Since April 2013, £124 million has been spent helping more than 241,000 households across the country. We have recently had to extend the fund on an interim basis to ensure housing support is provided to 18 to 21 year-olds who will no longer receive financial assistance with housing costs under Universal Credit.

“It is completely unacceptable that people find themselves in this situation through no fault of their own and we will continue to do all we can to support hard pressed families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet.”

Background

The statistical release is available here: https://news.gov.scot/news/scottish-welfare-fund-1 

More information on the housing support for 18 to 21 year-olds: https://news.gov.scot/news/uk-housing-benefit-changes-shameful

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