Date lodged: 24 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how much it has reimbursed local authorities under the Scottish Welfare Fund scheme, Assistance with Housing Costs for 18-21 year olds.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 12 September 2017
Reimbursement details are subject to agreement through COSLA’s usual processes, and funding for 2017-18 will be announced and included as an adjustment to this year’s Local Government Finance Order in February 2018, with payments to Local Authorities being made thereafter.
Local Authorities in full service areas reported to COSLA that to date there have been a number of enquiries resulting in one case receiving assistance for housing costs through the Scottish Welfare Fund. COSLA report that advice has been given to all those who have presented at Local Authorities as a result of being denied assistance with housing costs through Universal Credit, and in at least 50% of these cases the individual has been able to claim an exemption through DWP after receiving advice and support to do so.