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NEED FOR FULL POWERS AT HOLYROOD TO TACKLE POVERTY “HEAD-ON”

NEED FOR FULL POWERS AT HOLYROOD TO TACKLE POVERTY “HEAD-ON”

Published date : 30 October, 2019

WEST LOTHIAN HOUSEHOLDS HELPED IN TIME OF CRISIS             

 

The Scottish Welfare Fund made 1,590 payments to people in West Lothian in the last financial year, new figures show  - an increase of 22.6% compared to the same period last year.

 

A total of 350 Community Care Grants and 1,240 Crisis Grants were awarded in West Lothian between April and June 2019 to help people with essentials such as food, heating costs, and household items.

 

The Scottish Government introduced the Scottish Welfare Fund in 2013 as part of a £125 million annual package to mitigate the impact of UK government austerity.

 

Since its launch in April 2013, the Fund has paid out more than £200 million to support over 336,000 households across Scotland, with a third of recipients being families with children.

 

Angela Constance MSP said:

 

“The Scottish Welfare Fund is a vital lifeline for many people facing poverty or personal crisis.

 

“The fact that so many households in West Lothian are in need of emergency financial help is appalling, and a sad indictment of the UK Government’s record on austerity and welfare cuts.

 

“The Scottish Welfare Fund is an important example of the kind of action the Scottish Government has taken using the powers it currently has to try and mitigate Westminster’s welfare cuts.

 

“However, we would prefer that these resources were invested directly to tackle poverty head-on, rather than protecting people from Tory austerity. 

 

“As long as welfare decisions remain at Westminster, Scotland’s least well off will remain at the mercy of the Tories’ austerity agenda. Until those decisions are devolved, the SNP will continue to do everything in our power to tackle poverty and support low income families.”

 

ENDS                                                              

 

Notes:

 

The Scottish Welfare Fund helps families and people in Scotland who are on low incomes through Community Care Grants, which support people to start to live, or to carry on living, a settled life in the community and Crisis Grants, for disasters (like a fire or flood), or emergencies (like an unexpected expense).

 

Table 13: Number of Community Care Grants Awarded by Local Authority - Quarterly

 

 

Table 16: Number of Crisis Grant Awarded by Local Authority - Quarterly

 

 

Local Authority

Apr to Jun 2018

Apr to Jun 2019

Local Authority

Apr to Jun 2018

Apr to June 2019

Scotland

                9,795

            11,035

Scotland

              29,670

                32,995

Aberdeen City

                   350

                  445

Aberdeen City

                1,690

                   1,890

Aberdeenshire

                   135

                  195

Aberdeenshire

                    735

                      820

Angus

                   110

                  150

Angus

                    425

                      535

Argyll & Bute

                   125

                    95

Argyll & Bute

                    245

                      170

Clackmannanshire

                      75

                  110

Clackmannanshire

                    295

                      355

Dumfries & Galloway

                   295

                  370

Dumfries & Galloway

                    830

                   1,045

Dundee City

                   520

                  440

Dundee City

                    840

                      945

East Ayrshire

                   345

                  320

East Ayrshire

                    860

                      800

East Dunbartonshire

                      80

                    70

East Dunbartonshire

                    335

                      305

East Lothian

                   200

                  210

East Lothian

                    440

                      540

East Renfrewshire

                      75

                  115

East Renfrewshire

                    130

                         85

Edinburgh

                   695

                  760

Edinburgh

                2,005

                   2,275

Eilean Siar

                      20

                    15

Eilean Siar

                      45

                         30

Falkirk

                   245

                  190

Falkirk

                    590

                      515

Fife

                   515

                  490

Fife

                3,350

                   4,190

Glasgow City

                1,720

              2,580

Glasgow City

                4,755

                   5,475

Highland

                   325

                  320

Highland

                    680

                      500

Inverclyde

                   225

                  250

Inverclyde

                    725

                      590

Midlothian

                   115

                  130

Midlothian

                    555

                      680

Moray  
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