Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

Scottish Welfare Fund Independent Review

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Case summaries

Subject Month / Year Outcome
Crisis grants that are not as a result of an unforeseen event Ms C asked for an independent review of the council's decision. January 2020 Upheld
Overarching principle being used as the reason for decline Mr C asked for an independent review of the council's decision January 2020 Upheld
Entitlement to SWF for people from abroad Ms C asked for an independent review of the council’s decision. December 2019 Upheld
Entitlement to SWF for people from abroad Ms C applied for a crisis grant for assistance with living costs. December 2019 Upheld
Poor signposting Mr C asked for an independent review of the council’s decision. He had applied for a crisis grant for living expenses for his family. November 2019 Not upheld
Poor signposting Mr C asked for an independent review of the council’s decision. He had applied for a crisis grant as he spent his Universal Credit payment taking his cat to the vet and had no money until his next payment of benefit. November 2019 Not upheld
Decision making with limited information Mr C applied for a crisis grant for food and living expenses. October 2019 Upheld
Decision making with limited information Mr C, a solicitor, applied for a community care grant on behalf of his client, Mr A, who had recently been allocated an unfurnished tenancy. October 2019 Upheld
Homelessness qualifying criterion Ms C, a housing support officer, applied for a community care grant on behalf of Mr A. September 2019 Upheld
Homelessness qualifying criterion Ms C, a money advisor, applied for a community care grant on behalf of her client (Mr A). September 2019 Upheld