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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-22727: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase awareness among people who might be entitled to apply for funding from the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 2 May 2019

The Scottish Government continues to take a range of actions to raise awareness of the Scottish Welfare Fund among potential applicants. This includes providing local authorities and third sector organisations with posters and leaflets, distributing information using social media platforms and engaging with our social security experience panels. Information on the Fund is also being added to websites such as the Parent Club.

In addition, to ensure that people can access the Scottish Welfare Fund when they need it, the statutory guidance requires local authorities to share information about the Fund with services that may come in to contact with people in need, for example support workers, housing officers and welfare rights workers.