New Scottish Welfare Fund figures published

Today the Scottish Government has released new statistics relating to the Scottish Welfare Fund.

The figures show last year a 6% rise in the number of crisis grant applications received by local authorities in the past year.

Read our briefing on the Scottish Welfare Fund here.

Responding to the figures, Mary Anne MacLeod, Policy Officer at A Menu for Change, said: “These figures are a sobering reminder of just how many people in Scotland are struggling to make ends meet.

“What’s also concerning is the fact that councils across the country are facing cuts to their Scottish Welfare Fund budgets, which has forced some to dip into their own already stretched budgets to plug the gaps.

“The Scottish Government must do everything in its power to make sure the Scottish Welfare Fund is a properly resourced, effective safety net which catches everyone facing a crisis.”