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660 LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS IN EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE SUPPORTED BY SNP GOVERNMENT





CRISIS GRANTS HIT RECORD HIGH OVER LOCKDOWN

The Scottish Welfare Fund made 660 crisis grant payments to people in East Dunbartonshire in the last financial quarter – an increase of 116% on last year - to help pay for essentials such as food, heating costs, and household necessities.

Latest figures show that the Scottish Welfare Fund has paid out a total of 8,760 crisis grants to households in East Dunbartonshire since it was established in 2013.

The Scottish Welfare Fund awarded £5.2 million in crisis grants across Scotland between April and June 2020, up 77 per cent on the same period last year - after Scottish Government increased the amount of funding available for the fund.

SNP MSP Rona Mackay said:

“The Scottish Welfare Fund is an important example of the kind of action the SNP has taken to ensure there is additional financial support in place for people in East Dunbartonshire coping with the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This vital support stands in stark contrast to what is happening at Westminster, with Tory MPs voting to deprive children of free school meals, and robbing Scotland of crucial funding to support our most vulnerable.

“While the Scottish Government works to improve provision for families in Strathkelvin and Bearsden facing poverty, we continue to have to spend money to protect the most vulnerable in our communities from UK government benefit cuts.

“For as welfare decisions remain at Westminster, the SNP will continue to do everything in our power to tackle poverty and support people to get through this challenging time.”

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Notes to Editors:

You can find the statistics publication here.

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Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.

 

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