SCOTTISH WELFARE FUND HELPS NEARLY 5000 FALKIRK HOUSEHOLDS
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 13:15
MSP praises Scottish Government for protecting vulnerable constituents from Tory cuts
The MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed new statistics showing that a total of 4902 households in Falkirk have benefited from the Scottish Government’s landmark welfare grant over the past year.
Latest figures demonstrate that between 2014 and 2015 more than £1 million from the Scottish Welfare Fund was spent in the area, which comprises Mr. MacDonald's Holyrood constituency of Falkirk East and Justice Secretary Michael Matheson's constituency of Falkirk West. The statistics also highlight that almost 10,000 Falkirk residents were assisted by the government scheme during this period.
Grants from the fund - which are divided into the remits of Crisis and Community Care - are used to help those in need pay for essentials such as food and energy bills. More than a third of the grants issued supported lone-parent households and people suffering with disabilities or mental health problems.
Mr. MacDonald commented, “Vulnerable people in communities across our area are struggling to make ends meet in the face of a relentless assault on the poor-waged by this Tory government. These grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund provide a real and present lifeline for many individuals and families in my constituency and that of my parliamentary colleague, Michael Matheson, in Falkirk West. The fund helps those struggling to make ends meet obtain basic necessities like food and clothing. It also helps them be able to afford energy bills such as electricity and gas: imperative for maintaining health and wellbeing in a cool climate".
The Falkirk East MSP continued, “While it is worrying that so many people in Falkirk are struggling with the cost of living, it is absolutely right that the Scottish Government does everything it can to bridge the socio-economic gap. It is encouraging to see some 9,955 Falkirk residents benefitting from this national funding initiative and I applaud its positive impact upon other communities across the country".
"Of course, Scotland should not be in the position of having to mitigate the social security cuts of a Tory government in London which people here completely reject. But until full fiscal and social jurisdiction are in Scotland’s hands, we in the SNP will do everything in our power to protect and support vulnerable people suffering from Westminster austerity”.