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The Scottish Welfare Fund made 1,475 payments to people in the Perth & Kinross Council area in the last financial quarter – to help pay for essentials such as food, heating costs, and household necessities. 

That payment of Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants awarded between July and September 2019 represents an increase of 18% compared to the same period last year.

These figures came out just days after a new report revealed that the most vulnerable will be hit hardest by the UK decision to leave the EU, and Brexit will lead to increased job losses, the cost of living and food prices pushed up, and reductions in public spending.

Since its launch in April 2013, the Scottish Welfare Fund has paid out almost £220 million to over 357,000 households across the country – nearly one and a half million people – with 29,710 people in Perth & Kinross receiving help from the Scottish Government fund. 

In total, a third of households receiving awards were families with children.

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP said:
“The Scottish Welfare Fund is a vital lifeline for many people facing poverty or crisis – almost 30,000 in our local council area since the payments were introduced.

“But the fact that so many households here in Perth & Kinross have been forced to turn to the fund for emergency financial help is extremely concerning. And the figures are rising – by 18% in the last quarter.

“The Scottish Government spends millions every year shielding Scots from UK Government welfare cuts.  That our devolved Government should have to protect its citizens from the cruelty of the UK state is unacceptable and unsustainable.  

“And with the threat of Brexit still alive – the risk is real that tens of thousands more people could be pushed into poverty in Scotland and left at the mercy of this heartless Tory government.

“Only with full powers over social security can we begin to make Scotland an equal country with a dignified and fair welfare system. Until then, the SNP will continue to do everything in our power to tackle poverty and support low income families.”



NOTE: Full details of the figures are available online here

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