17 June 2019

The Scottish Welfare Fund is set to be hit with a £3 million real terms cut over the next four financial years, analysis by Scottish Labour has found.

The independent Scottish Fiscal Commission forecasts that the fund’s budget from the SNP government will be frozen over the period, causing the fund to be eroded by inflation.

By 2023/24, at the current rate of inflation, the fund will suffer a £3 million real terms cut compared to the current financial year.

Families on low incomes across the country currently benefit from the fund through crisis and community care grants.

Scottish Labour’s social security spokesperson, Mark Griffin MSP, said:

“The Scottish Welfare Fund’s ability to help the most vulnerable people in our society will be put in jeopardy if the SNP carry out this real terms cut to its budget.

“With families using food banks and life expectancy falling, this fund has never been more needed. “The SNP government must stop these cuts and ensure vulnerable people get the help that they desperately need.”

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