Scottish Welfare Fund
What is the Scottish Welfare Fund?
The Scottish Welfare Fund is administered by councils in Scotland to provide financial support to people who are facing a crisis or need help to live in the community. It is normally a one-off grant for living expenses or household goods. The Scottish Welfare Fund offers two grants - Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants. The grants are available to people who do not have any other way of paying for what they need. As they are grants, they do not need to be paid back.
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A Crisis Grant can help if you need money quickly because of an emergency or disaster, particularly if there is a threat to your health or safety. Examples of the types of items you can get a grant for include food, heating costs, toiletries, travel costs or costs for temporary accommodation. An emergency could be that your money has been lost of stolen or there has been a relationship breakdown and you have nowhere to stay. A disaster could be there has been a serious flood or fire that has damaged your property.
Community Care Grants
A community care grant can help if you need money towards items that will allow you to stay in your own home, rather than go into care. A grant can also help if you are coming out of care or prison or have been homeless and need help to set up home. Examples of the types of items that you might get a community care grant for include furniture, carpets and household equipment like a cooker or washing machine. You could also get a grant if you are helping to care for a prisoner who is on home release from prison.
A Community Care Grant may not be awarded if you or your partner has savings of over £700 if you are below pension age, or £1200 if above pension age.
Who can apply?
Applicants should be aged 16 or over and should normally be entitled to or receiving:
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Savings Pension Credit
- Guaranteed Pension Credit
- A payment in respect of one of the above benefits whilst the claim is being processed
However, whilst being in receipt of one of these benefits satisfies the eligibility test for a grant, it is not essential. The key eligibility tests are as follows:
- For Crisis Grants the key test is the severity of the applicant's situation and the likely impact on them and their family of not getting a grant.
- For Community Care Grants the key test is whether or not the grant is necessary to allow the applicant to retain or establish a settled way of life in the community.
How can I apply?
You can also apply in person or by telephone:
What should I do if I disagree with the decision made on my claim?
Firstly, you should ask Aberdeenshire Council to review the decision made about your claim, explaining why you disagree with the decision. This is called a first tier review.
For more information on challenging decisions, download our leaflet:
If you are still unhappy with our decision you can ask the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman to carry out an independent review.
The Ombudsman is not part of the Council and the service is free. You can find out more about requesting an independent review by contacting the Scottish Welfare Fund Independent Review Team:
- Website: http://www.spso.org.uk/scottishwelfarefund/
- Telephone: 0800 014 7299
- Post: Freepost SPSO (this is all you need to write on envelope)
- In person: 4 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NS