1. The SWF Guidance allows local authorities to vary the priority level at which grants are awarded in order to stay within the allocated budget. This means that, over the course of a year, a local authority might decide to raise the priority threshold from medium to high, so that only those assessed as being at high level of need are awarded SWF grants, in order to avoid overspending their SWF budget. See Scottish Welfare Fund: statutory guidance – March 2021
2. Initially on an interim basis and, from 2015, on a statutory basis via The Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015 and The Welfare Funds (Scotland) Regulations 2016
5. This model was developed following both review of the guidance and discussion with the Review Advisory Group.
7. See Review of the Scottish Welfare Fund: Data Analysis Appendix
8. See also explanation of these issues in Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics: Annual Update: 2020/21
15. See Data Analysis Appendix, Figure 49.
16. See Data Analysis Appendix, Figure 48.
17. See Data Analysis Appendix, Figure 48.
18. The SWF Guidance states: "The Regulations specify that the number of awards that any person can receive should normally be limited to three in any rolling 12 month period across all local authorities … The start date of a rolling 12 month period is measured from the date of decision." Scottish Welfare Fund: statutory guidance – March 2021 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
27. For more detail of this analysis, see Review of the Scottish Welfare Fund: Data Analysis Appendix chapter 5.
30. This was viewed as something that might potentially sometimes happen, but which local authorities would not currently be able to detect.
31. See Scottish social security in six charts for a full breakdown and timeline of new devolved benefits
33. See House of Commons Library Domestic energy prices, published 17 October 2022
42. See further analysis in chapter 3 of the Data Analysis Appendix.
43. This also includes others subject to immigration control, including people who require leave to enter the UK, or whose leave is subject to the condition that they have no recourse to public funds, which might include EU nationals with no right to reside, someone who has overstayed their Visa, and people on time-limited Visas (either work or student Visas).
45. For more detailed analysis underpinning this paragraph, see chapter 4 of the Data Analysis Appendix
53. See Review of the Scottish Welfare Fund: Data Analysis Appendix, chapter 5
56. For further detail of trends in awards over time, see Data Analysis Appendix, Figure 25.
57. Again, further detail of this analysis is provided in the Data Analysis Appendix, chapter 5.
58. Based on multivariate regression analysis, using SWF monitoring data from 2019/20. Again, 2019/20 data was used given that changes to funding levels and demand for the fund in 2020/21 and 2021/22 mean they may be atypical.
59. Analysis of award levels covers 2019/20 and 2020/21 only, as this bespoke analysis was conducted before the annual tables for 2021/22 were updated.
60. Analysis of award levels covers 2019/20 and 2020/21 only, as this bespoke analysis was conducted before the annual tables for 2021/22 were updated.
61. Bespoke analysis of referrals data was undertaken for 2020/21 before 2021/22 tables were available.
62. See more detailed analysis in the Data Analysis Appendix, chapter 5
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