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S5W-22729: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

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.