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Scots to introduce Welfare Fund

Scottish Government website (link opens in a new window)Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the creation of a Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) to administer Community Care Grants (CCGs) and Crisis Grants (CGs), and that an additional £9 million will be allocated to this next year.

Under the UK Government’s welfare reform measures – due to come into force in April 2013 - the Scottish Government will be given the power to administer these benefits, which provide crucial financial assistance to lone parents, the disabled, unemployed and the elderly.

This will be done through the new SWF, set up to replace the Social Fund currently operated by the UK Government.

Nicola Sturgeon's statement

Nicola Sturgeon said:

“It is absolutely imperative that the most vulnerable members of society are protected and cared for during these tough economic times.

“Westminster has responded to this recession by imposing drastic welfare cuts which will affect some of our most vulnerable groups, including the elderly, the disabled and the unemployed.

“This government will not turn its back on vulnerable people. The new Scottish Welfare Fund will ensure that these groups are provided with the necessary grants to assist them in times of need."

Sources: Scottish Government (link opens in a new window) and Rightsnet (link opens in a new window)

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