What is the SWF?
From April 2013, changes to the DWP Social Fund scheme meant that Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants stopped. These have been replaced by the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) which is delivered by local authorities.
The SWF is intended to offer grants or in kind support for two purposes:
- A Crisis Grant can help if you are in crisis because of a disaster like a fire or flood, or an emergency such as being robbed or burgled. It may help with costs that have happened as a result of the disaster or emergency, to keep you and your family safe from harm. Usually you will be on benefits before you can get a Crisis Grant.
- If you qualify for a Crisis Grant, the help you receive will depend on the particular difficulties you face. You may be given money or another form of support; for example, a voucher, fuel card, travel ticket or furniture.
Community Care Grants
- A Community Care Grant may help if you are about to leave care to live on your own in the community or face going into care because you don’t have the support you need to continue living at home. A Community Care Grant may also be able to help if you are a family facing exceptional pressures and need an essential item like a cooker or washing machine but don’t have the money to buy it. Usually you will be on benefits before you can get a Community Care Grant.
- As with the Crisis Grant, if you qualify for a Community Care Grant the help you receive will depend on your circumstances. You may be given money or you may receive support another way; for example, a voucher, fuel card, travel ticket or furniture.
We are now working on the permanent arrangements for the scheme. We intend to put the scheme on a legal footing by introducing the Scottish Welfare Fund Bill.