The Scottish Welfare Fund, which helps families and people on low incomes through Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants, has received an additional £45 million of funding; bringing its total worth to over £80 million.
Anyone that has come into financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 is now able to apply for a grant from the fund.
If you are struggling financially at this time, you can apply online or, if you require assistance, by telephone through your local council. Further information and an online application form can be found at: https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-welfare-fund/crisis-grants/
Please note, to be eligible you must be over 16 and have a low income or be in receipt of a benefit such as Universal Credit.
Lothian MSP, Jeremy Balfour, has encouraged all who are struggling financially to apply to the fund:
“There is no doubt that circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have led to significantly difficult times economically for people across Scotland.
“This will be an extremely stressful time for many families and individuals across Lothian but I want you to know that there is funding available to help you get by.
“It is vital that those who are struggling get the help that they need, so if that’s you: please apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund through your local council.
“Know too, that if I can be of any assistance at all, you can get in touch with me through the details found on the Scottish Parliament website.”