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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-07259
Asked by: Ruth Maguire, Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 16 February 2017

Question

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent on mitigating the impact in Scotland of the UK Government’s welfare reforms.

Current status: Answered by Angela Constance on 13 March 2017


Answer

The Scottish Government has invested considerable resource directly mitigating the impact of the UK Government’s welfare cuts. The following table sets out the amount invested to date in a range of different mitigation activities.

Welfare Reform Mitigation activity

Investment made March 2013 to March 2017
(£ million)

Scottish Welfare Fund

152.4

Discretionary Housing Payments

125

Council Tax Reduction Scheme

92

Welfare Advice Provision

20

Addressing Food Poverty

3

Other welfare mitigation projects

4

Total

396.4

In addition, the Scottish Government has made investment across a range of portfolios to tackle poverty and inequality. This includes increasing access to free childcare, the provision of free school meals and a range of community-led regeneration activity. Much of this will provide additional support people affected by welfare reform.