Thursday 21 December 2023
For immediate release
Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth has welcomed statistics which show that 23,500 Welfare Fund Payments have been made to support residents in Fife between July 2022 and June 2023.
The Scottish Welfare Fund, consisting of Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants, is a national scheme funded by the Scottish Government and administered by local authorities which provides support to those most in need.
Latest figures have shown that in Fife, 2,045 Community Care Grants have been awarded in addition to 21,155 Crisis Grants.
Since the SNP introduced the Scottish Welfare Fund in 2013, £410 million has been awarded to support 519,890 individual households.
Commenting, Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth said:
“The Scottish Welfare Fund is a vital resource that is supporting the most vulnerable individuals across Fife.
“While I am glad so many constituents are benefitting from the Fund’s introduction, the fact this support remains so vital to Fifers is a damning inditement of the harm caused by over a decade of Westminster austerity.
“The Scottish Government remain committed to ensuring that those who need help across our communities throughout this cost-of-living crisis, particularly as we approach winter, and I would encourage constituents who may benefit from the Welfare Fund to consider applying.”