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Scottish Welfare Fund - Statutory Guidance

Scottish Welfare Fund - Statutory Guidance

Thursday, February 1, 2018

ISBN: 9781788515948

The aim of the Scottish Welfare Fund Guidance (last updated in February 2018) is to provide a framework for decision makers, in order to promote consistency in decision making. The Scottish Welfare Fund is a discretionary grant scheme, therefore this guidance does not cover all eventualities. It is intended to support decision makers to meet the underlying objectives of the Fund.

Executive Summary

The Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) is a national scheme, underpinned by law and delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by all 32 local authorities. It aims to provide a safety net to people on low incomes by the provision of Crisis

Grants and Community Care Grants. The Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015 places a statutory responsibility on each local authority to maintain a Welfare Fund. The Act also gives powers to Scottish Ministers to make regulations and publish guidance, setting out how these funds should be administered. The Welfare Funds (Scotland) Regulations 2016 and this guidance have been subject to public consultation (between 27 May 2015 and 21 August 2015). The

guidance is reviewed annually and is issued by Scottish Ministers under Section 6 of the Act.