Scottish Government social security statistics publications

Social Security official statistics published by the Scottish Government.



  • Scottish welfare fund statistics
  • Discretionary housing payment statistics
  • Social security for Scotland slide pack
  • Universal credit Scottish choices statistics

Statistics published by Social Security Scotland are listed in our Social Security Scotland statistics collection.

Scottish government policies relating to all social security statistics may be found at  our social security policy page. 

Scottish Welfare Fund statistics

The Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) comprises of Community Care Grants – which help people to live independently – and Crisis Grants, which provide a safety net in a disaster or emergency.

An archive of an older version of the SWF statistics page may be found here.

Discretionary housing payment statistics

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.

Guidance on monitoring of Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland

An archive of an older version of the DHP statistics page may be found here.

Social security Scotland slide pack

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).

Universal Credit Scottish choices statistics

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.