Review of the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) Interim Scheme

This review was undertaken by Heriot-Watt University on behalf of the Scottish Government and explores how well the interim arrangements of the SWF have worked from the perspectives of applicants to the SWF and the third sector organisations supporting them.

New promotional materials available

We have been working on a range of new promotional materials for the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF). This is now available to download and for you to use to promote the Fund in your local authority.

  • A3 poster
  • Tri-fold A4 leaflet for general awareness, and details of how to apply
  • An information toolkit

Consultation on the draft Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill

The consultation on the draft Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill has now ended. It ran from 15 November 2013 to 7 February 2014. We received fifty-eight responses. You can view some published consultation responses from those respondents who gave us permission to do so on our webpages.

We are now working on the analysis of these responses, that will help us in our development of the permanent scheme.

Event to promote the consultation

On 21 November 2013 we held an event to promote awareness of the consultation. This event was chaired by Lesley Fraser - Director of Housing, Regeneration and Welfare, Scottish Government, and was attended by representatives from Local Authorities, the Third Sector, and other stakeholder organisations. The audience heard presentations from the Scottish Government, the Citizens Advice Bureaux, the City of Edinburgh Council, and COSLA's previous Development Officer.

You can see the powerpoint slides of the presentations on:


Resources for Local Authorities and support workers


  • The Data Monitoring Specification, for use in developing IT systems, identifies the variables and formats of the data which should be sent to the Scottish Government, and the validations which will be used to check the data. Data monitoring guidance is also available to help caseworkers completing the return.