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 easy read version of the consultation asks questions on:
The best ways for councils to decide who can apply.
The numbers of grants people should be allowed to claim.
Who needs extra help from the Funds.
How a grant is paid.