The general restriction of Scottish Welfare Fund crisis grant payments to three per person per year has been waived during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Scottish Government considers the current circumstances to be exceptional, so that the waiver can be applied. Social Security Secretary, Shirley Anne Somerville said “The regulations governing the SWF allow a local authority to make more than three payments to an individual in a 12 month period if it considers there are exceptional circumstances. We have written to practitioners in each local authority confirming the provision of an additional £45 million for the Scottish Welfare Fund and noting that we consider the current circumstances to be exceptional.”
CHA’s Financial Inclusion Team are here to offer advice and assistance to any of our tenants who are worried about the current situation, and concerned about their finances. Please get in touch using the contact details listed below.