SCOTLAND’S 32 local authorities together received over 120,000 applications for help paying housing costs, according to figures released by the Scottish Government.
According to the latest Scottish Welfare Statistics, here: “From April 2020 to February 2021, local authorities received 121,090 applications for Discretionary Housing Payments, and had spent or committed to spend £74.2 million. “
It adds: “This represents 94 per cent of the £78.9 million budget for awards in 2020/21.”
The statistics define the use of Discretionary Housing Payments “when a housing benefit or Universal Credit (including the housing element) claimant requires further financial assistance towards housing costs”.
Continues the announcement: “The Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) includes Community Care Grants – which help people to live independently – and Crisis Grants, which provide a safety net in a disaster or emergency.”
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