Applications to the Scottish Welfare Fund can now be made online, over the telephone or in person at a local benefits office.
The fund is for people who are struggling to meet expenses as a result of an emergency or who need help to support their independent living,
Crisis Loans for Living Expenses and Community Care Grants were replaced by a scheme called the Scottish Welfare Fund last year. The fund is delivered by local councils and provides two types of grant – crisis grants and community care grants.
Crisis grants can be awarded to meet expenses that have arisen as a result of an emergency in order to avoid immediate threat to health or safety. Applications can be made for essential items such as food, heating costs, nappies, toiletries, and travel costs.
Community care grants support independent living preventing the need for residential care. Applications can be made for essential items such as furniture, household equipment, travel costs and storage charges. Typically the applicant would have less than £700 of savings, or £1200 if above the pension age.
Aberdeenshire Council Benefits Manager Susan Donald said
The fund is there to support vulnerable people who are facing particularly difficult times. We would encourage people to apply and we have made it as easy as possible to make an application.
For a crisis grant the key test is the severity of the applicant’s situation and the likely impact on them or their family if the application was refused. Being successful in applying for a community care grant depends on whether it is necessary to allow the applicant to retain or establish a settled way of life in the community.
Recent changes mean that payment can also now be in the form of the goods. So if someone applies for a cooker, rather than receiving cash payment to buy the cooker, it will be delivered directly to their home and installed.
For more information on Scottish Welfare Fund or to apply for a grant please visit
phone 08456 08 01 49 or visit your local benefits office.