The Welfare Funds Scotland Act 2015 was passed on 3 March 2015, and places the interim Scottish Welfare Fund into law. The Act places a statutory duty on local authorities to provide welfare funds, in line with regulations and statutory guidance. The full legal framework should be in place by April 2016.
The consultation is about the next steps in the process; the regulations and statutory guidance which will give detail of how local authorities provide their Scottish Welfare Fund.
The consultation asks questions about:
• Policy and equality issues.
• Whether the draft regulations will help decision makers to make the right decisions, and assist the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman to carry out effective reviews.
• Changes between the guidance under the interim scheme and the statutory guidance under the permanent scheme.
• The applications form, so this can be improved for the permanent scheme.
The consultation will close on 21 August 2015.