Welfare assistance in Argyll and Bute rises

Recent figures from the Scottish Government say that the number of applications made to the Scottish Welfare Fund in Argyll and Bute have increased by 23 per cent on the same quarter from the year before.
Recent figures from the Scottish Government say that the number of applications made to the Scottish Welfare Fund in Argyll and Bute have increased by 23 per cent on the same quarter from the year before.

The Scottish Welfare Fund received 628 applications from Argyll and Bute in just three months, according to new statistics released by the Scottish Government.

The figures, for July to September 2014, represent an increase of 23 per cent on the same quarter from the year before.

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Alex Neil, said: “That anyone should live in poverty in a wealthy country is completely unacceptable and we’ll continue to tackle poverty and inequality to create a more prosperous and fairer society.

“The Scottish Welfare Fund is a lifeline for people to buy the everyday items or cover basic living costs that so many of us take for granted. 1,460 households in Argyll and Bute have now been helped by the Scottish Welfare Fund in its first 18 months of operation.

“The Scottish Government has allocated £33 million a year to the Scottish Welfare Fund to make sure that we continue to reach out to households in the most deprived areas. Many families are paying a heavy price for the UK Government’s welfare reforms and this investment helps to mitigate the effects of these cuts on some of our most vulnerable people.”