New statistics show number of households in Eilean Siar receiving help

Sixty-five applications for welfare assistance were made in the Western Isles revealed in the lastest statistics available from 2014.

Scottish Welfare Fund Statistics to 30th September 2014 show that during the most recent quarter (July to September 2014), applications made to the Scottish Welfare Fund increased by 30 per cent on the same quarter last year.

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice Alex Neil said: “That anyone should live in poverty in a wealthy country is completely unacceptable and we’ll continue to tackle poverty and inequality to create a more prosperous and fairer society.

“The Scottish Welfare Fund is a lifeline for people to buy the everyday items or cover basic living costs that so many of us take for granted. 195 households in Eilean Siar have now been helped by the Scottish Welfare Fund in its first 18 months of operation.

“The Scottish Government has allocated £33 million a year to the Scottish Welfare Fund to make sure that we continue to reach out to households in the most deprived areas.

“Many families are paying a heavy price for the UK Government’s welfare reforms and this investment helps to mitigate the effects of these cuts on some of our most vulnerable people.”