Recent articles from the Scottish Government and Third Sector outline policies and reaction to the impact of welfare reform and spending reductions in Scotland. Read below for more.
Scottish Welfare Fund Helps Nearly 151,000 Households
Scottish Government (28/07/2015) - Nearly 151,000 households have been helped by the Scottish Welfare Fund, since the scheme began in April 2013. During the first two years of operation, around £65 million has been allocated, providing a safety net to households in a disaster or emergency and helping people set up home or stay in the community rather than being in care.
Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released statistics on the Scottish Welfare Fund covering 2014/15 and 2013/14. The statistics showed that of nearly 151,000 households helped to 31 March 2015, 82,000 were single people and 49,000 were families with children.
Fear Charities Won’t Be Able to Meet Demand Created by Welfare Cuts
Third Force News (22/07/2015) - Pressure mounting on charities to pick up the slack from ‘draconian’ welfare cuts could lead to society’s most vulnerable people slipping through the net a major voluntary sector organisation has claimed.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) said the £12bn of welfare cuts in the welfare, reform and work bill voted through the UK parliament this week will dangerously add to the already growing pressure on third sector service providers.