Review of the Scottish Welfare Fund Interim Scheme

The review explores how well the interim arrangements of the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) have worked, from the perspectives of applicants to the SWF and the third sector organisations supporting them. It also provides recommendations for the remainder of the interim period and for the permanent arrangements.

11 Conclusions

11.1 The study's aim was to explore in a qualitative manner how well the interim arrangements are working, and to identify recommendations for change. In so doing, the study sought to add depth to SWF administrative data collected by local authorities and ultimately to support the Scottish Government in the task of formulating the permanent arrangements.

11.2 The study collected views from a wide range of third sector support organisations and applicants themselves. The number of applicant respondents (77) has helped to achieve rich and 'saturated' findings. The applicant sample was varied and included successful, partially successful and unsuccessful applicants, representing varying levels of vulnerability, and capturing a good coverage of client types and equality groups.

11.3 While the majority of interviewed applicants were overall satisfied with the operation of the interim scheme, a number of recommendations for improvements have been formulated. These should inform the permanent arrangements.

11.4 As the study collected information about experiences of people with disabilities, older people, women and people from a minority ethnic backgrounds, it should inform Scottish Government action to ensure that the permanent arrangements meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.


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