Local action to tackle food insecurity: summary of activities, trends and learning

This report summarises the activities delivered by local authorities using flexible funding streams on financial insecurity over October 2020 – March 2021, and highlights trends and learning to enhance future policy and practice.

Purpose of the funding and target groups for support

Focusing on the most recent financial insecurity allocations, the intention was to provide local authorities with flexibility, underpinned by the following strong steer:

  • Supplement local budgets for the Scottish Welfare Fund or Discretionary Housing Payments
  • Provide financial support to tackle food insecurity or meet fuel costs, or alternate provision where this is more appropriate or is the preference of individuals themselves
  • Other activities and services, as necessary, to support individuals to overcome financial crisis and support wellbeing

Guidance was published, outlining the key groups at increased risk of financial insecurity to target with support:

  • Younger people
  • Disabled people
  • Lone parents
  • Minority ethnic households
  • People living in households with children
  • Larger families
  • People living in households on low incomes
  • People living in the most deprived areas
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