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CRISIS GRANTS HIT RECORD HIGH OVER LOCKDOWN

CRISIS GRANTS HIT RECORD HIGH OVER LOCKDOWN

Published date : 27 October, 2020

The Scottish Welfare Fund made 1,570 crisis grant payments to people in West Lothian in the last financial quarter – an increase of 27% on last year - to help pay for essentials such as food, heating costs, and household necessities. 

 

Latest figures show that the Scottish Welfare Fund has paid out a total of 25,860 crisis grants to West Lothian households since it was established 2013. 

 

The Scottish Welfare Fund awarded £5.2 million in crisis grants across Scotland between April and June 2020, up 77 per cent on the same period last year - after Scottish Government increased the amount of funding available for the fund. 

 

Angela Constance MSP said:

 

“The Scottish Welfare Fund is an important example of the kind of action the Scottish Government has taken to ensure there is additional financial support in place for people across West Lothian coping with the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Scottish Government will continue to do everything in our power to tackle poverty and support people to get through this challenging time.”

 

 

ENDS

 

Notes: 

 

Local Authority

Apr to Jun 2020

Increase - April to June 2020 compared with April to June 2019

Total since April 2013

Scotland1

  53,590 

20,645

63%

  841,040 

Aberdeen City

  2,975 

1,085

57%

  44,140 

Aberdeenshire

  1,065 

250

30%

  19,210 

Angus

  745 

210

39%

  14,145 

Argyll & Bute

  225 

45

27%

  7,885 

Clackmannanshire

  665 

310

88%

  7,410 

Dumfries & Galloway

  1,720 

675

65%

  23,495 

Dundee City

  1,890 

955

102%

  30,110 

East Ayrshire

  1,035 

230

29%

  25,460 

East Dunbartonshire

  660 

355

116%

  8,760 

East Lothian

  665 

125

23%

  11,455 

East Renfrewshire

  150 

65

80%

  2,650 

Edinburgh2

  8,015 

5,735

252%

  57,110 

Eilean Siar

  60 

30

94%

  1,225 

Falkirk

  815 

305

59%

  20,305 

Fife

  6,575 

2,385

57%

  79,615 

Glasgow City

  9,320 

3,905

72%

  121,285 

Highland

  650 

150

30%

  20,745 

Inverclyde

  815 

225

38%

  16,475 

Midlothian

  815 

125

19%

  16,290 

Moray

  325 

15

4%

  11,020 

North Ayrshire

  1,075 

60

6%

  29,720 

North Lanarkshire3

  2,840 

(205)

7%

  76,880 

Orkney

  25 

15

93%

  465 

Perth & Kinross

  1,235 

645

109%

  17,390 

Renfrewshire

  2,295 

395

21%

  50,125 

Scottish Borders

  440 

225

104%

  9,265 

Shetland

  15 

(25)

68%

  870 

South Ayrshire

  790 

305

64%

  13,400 

South Lanarkshire

  1,160 

285

32%

  29,335 

Stirling

  695 

225

48%

  14,355 

West Dunbartonshire

  2,255 

1,205

115%

  34,580 

West Lothian4

  1,570 

335

27%

  25,860 

  

 

  


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