Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

From when the Scottish Welfare Fund scheme began on 1 April 2013 until 30 September 2018, 316,095 individual households have received awards totalling £181.6 million.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released statistics on the Scottish Welfare Fund covering the period from 1 April 2013 to 30 September 2018. The statistics showed that a third of households receiving a Scottish Welfare Fund award were families with children, while just over half were single person households with no children.

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

In the latest quarter from July to September 2018, local authorities received 16,735 applications for Community Care Grants, and awarded £5.8 million for items such as floor coverings, furniture and kitchen appliances. During the same quarter, local authorities received 44,530 applications for Crisis Grants, and awarded £2.4 million for items such as food and essential heating costs.

In total local authorities were allocated £33 million for Scottish Welfare Fund awards in 2018/19, and have an estimated additional £2.3 million in underspend carried forward from previous financial years. By September 2018, 47% of these available funds had been spent, the same proportion as at September 2017.


The full statistical publication is available here.

This publication contains: an overview of number of applications and awards for Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants; details on the processing times for applications; information on what the Scottish Welfare Fund has been spent on and household analyses. Local Authority analyses and details of the review process are also provided.

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed here.

On 1 April 2013, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) abolished two elements of the Social Fund – Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans – and transferred funds previously spent on them to Scottish Ministers. In its place, the Scottish Government established the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF). The Scottish Welfare Fund is a national scheme run by local authorities, based on guidance from Scottish Ministers. The guidance has been developed in partnership with COSLA, Local Authorities and other stakeholders.  



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