Scottish Welfare Fund

The Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) replaced elements of the UK Government’s Social Fund that was devolved in 2013. It provides grants for people on low incomes through the provision of Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants. The Scottish Government provides funding to local authorities who then award the discretionary payments. Our forecast only covers the funding provided by the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government has set the 2022-23 budget for the SWF at £35.5 million. The Scottish Government has not informed us of any further plans to change the level of funding for the SWF over the forecast period. We do not assess the demand for the Scottish Welfare Fund or whether the funding from the Scottish Government is reasonable.

Since October 2020, local authorities have also been delivering Self-Isolation Support Grants (SISG) through the Scottish Welfare Fund. We present this as a separate forecast as the Scottish Government is providing demand-led funding in addition to the main SWF budget.

Forecast spending for Scottish Welfare Fund
£ million 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28
Scottish Welfare Fund 57.5 35.5 35.5 35.5 35.5 35.5 35.5
Self-Isolation Support Grant 4 61 11