Date lodged: 23 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason funding for the Scottish Welfare Fund has remained at the same level since 2013-14, and whether it plans to increase this.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 2 May 2019
The Scottish Government made a significant additional investment of £9.2 million when the Scottish Welfare Fund was introduced in 2013. Based on the latest published statistics, programme spend on the Fund, in the financial year 2017-18, across Scotland as a whole was less than the £33 million allocated. The Fund has not been overspent in any year since its launch.