3m funding to help families enduring cost of living pressures stay together
Written by First Choice Radio on 5 February 2022
Families with children at risk of going into care or with experience of care will share in £3 million of cash support to help them with current pressures.
The funding, which is being distributed by local authorities and third sector organisations, will help those with immediate needs for food, fuel, utilities or clothing.
The Scottish Government said the £3.3 million is in addition to a range of help it is providing, including the £41 million winter support fund.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “Many have been hit hard by the combined impact of rising living costs, the Covid-19 pandemic and the removal of the £20 Universal Credit lift by the UK Government.
“Our £500 million Whole Family Wellbeing Fund will launch this year, and this will help transform services to ensure families are supported in a way which meets their needs.
“However, in recognition of current pressures, we are directing more than £3 million in cash support towards those with children who are on the edges of care, or have experience of care.
“We know that in times of crisis some challenges can be resolved if families have immediate access to resources enabling them to stay together.
“This weekend marks the second anniversary of The Promise – our ambition for every child to grow up loved, safe and respected, able to realise their full potential.
“This additional funding highlights our commitment to ensure that where possible and appropriate, children remain living in their family.”
The third sector organisations which will distribute funding are Aberlour (£100,000) Includem (£100,000) Children 1st (£50,000) and Quarriers (£25,000).
Includem service delivery director Lynsey Smith said: “Includem supports children, young people and families across Scotland where there are children looked after, or on the edge of care – many of whom are living on low incomes.
“This award from the Scottish Government to provide wellbeing support for families will allow us to immediately provide a much-needed package of help.
“This direct cash will support people to purchase food, fuel, white goods and clothing and to cover utilities and manage debt, when they may not otherwise be able to.
“It will hopefully also play a small part in increasing their wellbeing.”
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