Just as it has provided the funds for local authorities to compensate families including those with disabled children for the costs of the bedroom tax, so the Scottish government has provided considerable funds to protect the worst-off against the effects of recent benefit ‘changes.’
The Scottish Welfare Fund comprises Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants. £140 million has been paid in crisis grants, since April 2013, to 265 000 households placed in extreme hardship, unable to pay for food or heating costs, by the UK government’s punitive welfare cuts and chaotic implementation of Universal Credit. 14% of the requests were due to delays in these benefits. Between April and June this year alone, there were more than 42 000 applications, up 11% on the previous year.
In addition, Community Care grants were paid in nearly 16 000 cases, to local authorities, to cover the costs of, mainly, floor coverings, white goods and furniture.
33% of all cases involved families with children.
The above news is merely the latest account of efforts by the Scottish Government to protect Scotland’s poor from the excesses of Tory austerity. See this from 2016: