31st July 2019

The Scottish Welfare Fund made 13,010 payments to people in North Lanarkshire in the last financial year, new figures show.

A total of 2,900 Community Care Grants and 10,110 Crisis Grants were awarded in North Lanarkshire over the year.

The money helped people with essentials such as food, heating costs and household items.          

The SNP introduced the Scottish Welfare Fund in 2013. The Fund is part of a £125 million annual package to mitigate the impact of UK government austerity.

Since its launch in April 2013, the Fund has paid out more than £200 million to support over 336,000 households across Scotland, with a third of recipients being families with children.

SNP MP Marion Fellows said:

“The Scottish Welfare Fund is a vital lifeline for many people facing poverty or personal crisis.

“The fact that so many households in North Lanarkshire need emergency financial help is appalling, and a sad indictment of the UK Government’s record on austerity and welfare regime which must be halted.

“The SNP would prefer these resources were invested directly to tackle poverty rather than protecting people from Tory austerity.

“Indeed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Poverty described it as outrageous that the Scottish Government had to divert funds to protect people from Westminster’s mess.

“With independence, we would have the full powers to support people in our communities and increase incomes rather than constantly mitigating Tory policies.

“The SNP will continue to do everything in our power to tackle poverty and support low income families. It’s time for the Tories to end their austerity agenda and stop forcing North Lanarkshire families into poverty.”