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 (“the Act”) 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 (“the Regulations”) 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.