Check If You Qualify

Crisis Grant Payments Double as Scots Struggle During Covid-19 Lockdown

Sharon McDougall - 8th July 2020 - 2 minutes to read

The amounts of money being paid out as crisis grant payments across Scotland doubled between April and May of last year and the same two months of 2020.

Close to £4 million was distributed via the Scottish Welfare Fund in April and May this year, which represents a very sharp increase as compared to the £2 million handed out via the same processes a year earlier.

Much of the increased demand for crisis grants is being attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown it precipitated, which prompted a sharp economic downturn and loss of incomes for many thousands of people and households across the country.

The total number of crisis grants approved in April and May was almost 58,000, which is an increase of 62 per cent compared with the same period in 2019.

Additional funding was allocated to the Scottish Welfare Fund in March on the understanding that demand would be likely to rise significantly in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Citizens Advice Scotland welcomed the extra cash being given to the welfare fund but said there also needs to be more work done to directly support people who find themselves facing serious financial hardship this year.

“As news of increased redundancies spreads, local authorities, the Scottish government and the UK government can further support those facing hardship by strengthening all parts of the social security safety net,” said the charity’s social justice spokesperson Nina Ballantyne.

Ms Ballantyne has also said that crisis grant applications should be easier to make and that associated payments should be sent to approved recipients more quickly.

Meanwhile, Shelter Scotland, the homelessness charity, has suggested that the steep rise in crisis grant applications represents a warning sign that large numbers of Scots will soon be struggling to pay their rent, if they aren’t already.

Shelter has said that steps should be taken to legally protect from eviction people who have become unable to pay their rent because of the Covid-19 situation.

If you live anywhere in Scotland and you are finding it tough to cope with pressures from your creditors then Scotland Debt Solutions can help. Contact us directly to arrange a FREE and confidential consultation.

facebook colour icon linkedin colour icon messenger colour icon whatsapp colour icon email colour icon
Sharon McDougall Square

Sharon McDougall


Other News

Debt Levels Soaring across Scotland, New Figures Show Debt Level Rising

Debt Levels Soaring across Scotland, New Figures Show

Levels of unsecured debt in Scotland increased dramatically during 2022 as the cost of living crisis took its toll on household finances.

Nearly Half a Million Scots Facing ‘Profound Financial Hardship’ Financial Hardship

Nearly Half a Million Scots Facing ‘Profound Financial Hardship’

Close to half a million Scots are in a position of profound financial hardship, according to a new set of figures.

Scots with Disabilities Urged to Check Eligibility for New Benefits Scottish Man In Wheelchair

Scots with Disabilities Urged to Check Eligibility for New Benefits

Disabled people in Scotland are being urged by the government to check whether they might be eligible for benefits that could help make their life a little easier.


Why Choose Us

Usp Location

5 Offices in Scotland

National Coverage

Usp House

Ask us About

Home Visits

Usp Hand Heart

Helping Scots Get

Out of Debt Since 1989

Usp Handshake

We offer an

Instant Initial Consultation

Usp Palm Wallet

We'll Help You

Lower Monthly Payments

Usp Hand Heart


Out of Debt Since 1989

We'll give you a call

Our Scottish based team can help advise you on your debt problems.

Here at Scotland Debt Solutions we take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to contact you with regards to your enquiry. We will not use your information for marketing purposes. See our Privacy Policy.


Useful tools

Personalised Debt Report
Usp Planner

Personalised Debt Report

Our personalised debt report will help you better understand your financial position and see where your money is going.

Debt Report
Instant Scheduled Call & WhatsApp

Instant Scheduled Call & WhatsApp

Arrange a call with an expert advisor at a time to suit you or contact our team via WhatsApp for immediate help and advice.

Arrange Callback
Find a Local Office
Usp Signpost

Find a Local Office

We have five offices located across Scotland. Find your nearest one here.

Find an Office

Our Insolvency Practitioners are regulated by ICAS or the IPA and our firm is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

Fees and Information: There are fees associated with our services. These will be fully explained before entering into any of the personal debt solutions referred to on this website. Full details of our fees and how these are charged are fully explained to you prior to you committing to any particular service.

ICAS Insolvency Practitioners