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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
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
This will be done through the new SWF, set up to replace the
Social Fund currently operated by the UK Government.
Nicola Sturgeon said:
“It is absolutely imperative that the most vulnerable members of
society are protected and cared for during these tough economic
“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."
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