Consultation on the draft Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill.
The Scottish Welfare Fund was introduced in April 2013 on an interim basis. We are now looking to put the scheme on a secure permanent footing in legislation. One of the first steps in the legislative process is a consultation on the draft Bill - called the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill.
This consultation is your opportunity to have your say on the Bill. The consultation seeks your views on which elements of the current guidance for the scheme should be in regulations and which in statutory guidance. It also seeks views on options for independent scrutiny of decisions made by Local Authorities on applications to the Scottish Welfare Fund.
If you wish to find out more please see the consultation paper, and Respondent Information Form.
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 Power Point slides of the presentations on:
NEW Guidance. In October 2013 we issued new Guidance for the SWF. There were two reasons for doing this:
- to include arrangements for how Universal Credit (UC) is to be treated for SWF applicants, and
- to reflect lesssons learned since the SWF was implemented, and give clarification where it was needed.
The amended full guidance for the Scottish Welfare Fund is now available.