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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22730: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much income has been lost in each local authority area in each year since 2013-14 because of unclaimed Scottish Welfare Fund entitlements, also broken down by how this has impacted on each area's economy.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 2 May 2019

Payments from the Scottish Welfare Fund are discretionary awards rather than entitlements. Unspent budget allocations may be carried forward by individual local authorities to provide grants from the Fund in the next financial year.