Date lodged: 7 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to review the effectiveness of the Scottish Welfare Fund, and whether this review will consider the fund's (a) social return on investment and (b) financial sustainability.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 20 December 2018
The Scottish Government continually assesses the effectiveness of the SWF through management information of applications, awards and expenditure. We work closely with local authorities, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and third sector organisations, as well as seeking views of users of the SWF through experience panels and social media platforms. In this way we can ensure that the most vulnerable people in our society receive help when they need it. The Scottish Government has continued to maintain funding for the SWF at £38 million per year.
There are no plans for a separate review at this stage.