£1,104,200 PAID TO FAMILIES IN FIFE FROM SCOTTISH WINTER HARDSHIP FUND

Published date : 16 Feb 2021

11,042 FAMILIES RECEIVE £100 WINTER PAYMENT 

 

Over 11,000 families in Fife have received a £100 COVID winter hardship payment to support them through one of the most difficult winters in living memory.

 

New figures show that the SNP Government provided support to thousands in each of Scotland’s local authorities – with more than £14 million paid out to families in December.

 

In Fife £1,104,200 was paid out to 11,042 families.

 

The payment, announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, was made available to families who were in receipt of free school meals and was paid from 30th November to the start of the winter school holidays.

 

Commenting, Mid Fife and Glenrothes SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth said:

 

“With the Scottish Government rolling out the Scottish Child Payment and supporting hundreds of thousands of families across Scotland with the £100 COVID winter hardship payment, the SNP is making a real difference to people’s lives and lifting children out of poverty.

 

“This has been an incredibly difficult time for families in Fife who may have faced lost earnings, increased food bills and cold weather. The £100 winter payment will hopefully have eased the financial strain many have been facing.

 

“In contrast to the Tories at Westminster, the SNP Scottish Government is doing all it can to ensure kids who receive free school meals do not go hungry.

 

“Alongside introducing the Scottish Child Payment, Best Start Grant and Best Food Grants, this SNP Government is committed to supporting children, whereas the Tories are planning to slash Universal Credit and get rid of the £20 uplift when families need it most.

 

“The only way Scotland can escape Westminster austerity and build a social security system based on dignity, fairness and respect is by becoming an independent country.”

 

ENDS

 

 

Number of COVID Winter Hardship Payments made by local authorities, correct as of 5 February 2021:

 

Local Authority

Reported number of payments

Reported spend

Aberdeen City

3,946

£394,600

Aberdeenshire

3,761

£376,100

Angus

2,506

£250,600

Argyll & Bute

1,393

£139,300

Clackmannanshire

1,620

£162,000

Dumfries & Galloway

3,578

£357,800

Dundee City

5,422

£542,200

East Ayrshire

3,799

£379,900

East Dunbartonshire

2,577

£257,700

East Lothian

1,962

£196,200

East Renfrewshire

1,578

£157,800

City of Edinburgh

7,727

£772,700

Na h-Eileanan Siar

283

£28,300

Falkirk

4,580

£458,000

Fife

11,042

£1,104,200

Glasgow City

28,907

£2,890,700

Highland

4,499

£449,900

Inverclyde

2,549

£254,900

Midlothian

2,014

£201,400

Moray

1,590

£159,000

North Ayrshire

4816

£481,600

North Lanarkshire

10,370

£1,037,000

Orkney Islands

291

£29,100

Perth & Kinross

2,142

£214,200

Renfrewshire

4,809

£480,900

Scottish Borders

2,227

£222,700

Shetland Islands

297

£29,700

South Ayrshire

2,872

£287,200

South Lanarkshire

9,944

£994,400

Stirling

1,592

£159,200

West Dunbartonshire

3,353

£335,300

West Lothian

6,082

£608,200

Total

144128

£14,412,800

 

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