Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF)

What is the SWF?

From April 2013, changes to the DWP Social Fund scheme meant that Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants stopped. These have been replaced by the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF), delivered by councils. The fund provides two types of grant:

  • Crisis Grants to provide a safety net when someone experiences a disaster or emergency situation, such as a fire or flood and there is an immediate threat to health and safety.
  • Community Care Grants to enable people to live independently or continue to live independently, preventing the need for institutional care. A CCG may also be able to help a family facing exceptional pressure.

To apply for a Crisis Grant or a Community Care Grant you must be 16 or older and on a low income. To apply please contact your local council.

For more information and background, please see the summary of the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Permanent Arrangements

The Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015 was passed in Parliament on 3 March 2015 and received Royal Assent on 8 April 2015. The draft Welfare Funds (Scotland) Regulations 2016 were laid in Parliament on 16 December 2015.  These support the Act and inform the Staturtory Guidance and will come into force from 1 April 2016.