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Scottish Welfare Fund, Self-Isolation Support Grant and Discretionary Housing Payments
This publication presents management information on Scottish Welfare Fund, Self-Isolation Support Grant and Official Statistics on Discretionary Housing Payments at Scotland level. The data is being published monthly due to heightened interest in the figures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alongside the July release, initial analysis was released which detailed basic demographic information on SISG claimants. This covered claimants from the period March to July 2021.
Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are administered in Scotland by the 32 Scottish local authorities. DHPs may be awarded when a local authority (LA) considers that a housing benefit or Universal Credit (including the housing element) claimant requires further financial assistance towards housing costs.
These quarterly slide packs provide a summary of published social security statistics for Scotland, focusing on devolved and newly introduced benefits, the Scottish Welfare Fund, and Universal Credit (Scottish Choices).
Summary: Universal Credit Scottish Choices give recipients of Universal Credit in Scotland a choice to have their award paid either monthly or twice monthly, and have the housing costs in their award paid direct to their landlord.