SCOTTISH WELFARE FUND SUPPORTS FAMILIES IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE

OVER 275,000 HOUSEHOLDS IN SCOTLAND ACCESS SCOTTISH WELFARE FUND SINCE 2013

Over £148 million has been granted to hard-up households since 2013 through the Scottish Welfare Fund, according to latest Scottish Government figures – including over £13 million in North Lanarkshire.

 The latest stats show that 275,000 households have benefited from the Scottish Welfare Fund – which provides Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants – with over one third of those helped being families with children.

And over 47,705 people in North Lanarkshire have been helped with emergency Crisis Grants – which are most often spent on food and essential heating – with Tory welfare cuts responsible for 14% of applications to the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw said:

“It is encouraging to see so many people across North Lanarkshire accessing the support they need through the Scottish Welfare Fund.

“The SNP is committed to continuing to support the people who need it most despite ongoing Tory austerity and callous welfare cuts – which is why over £13 million investment in North Lanarkshire is so important.

“Across North Lanarkshire in 2017, 99% of those receiving Crisis Grants were helped within 2 working days – proving how quick and effective this emergency funding is for many.

“The Scottish Welfare Fund is one of the important steps the SNP Scottish Government is taking to protect Motherwell & Wishaw from Tory cuts and to make sure more people don’t fall into poverty.”

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Copyright 2015 Clare Adamson MSP

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