Midlothian MSP welcomes welfare fund

Colin Beattie MSP

Colin Beattie MSP

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SNP MSP Colin Beattie has welcomed new figures showing 2,144 households in Midlothian have been helped by the Scottish Government’s Scottish Welfare Fund.

Grants from the fund are used to help vulnerable people pay for essentials like food and energy costs – and more than a third of the grants were made to vulnerable households such as lone parents, people with disabilities or people with mental health issues.

Mr Beattie said: “Vulnerable people in communities across our area are struggling to make ends meet in the face of a relentless assault on the poor waged by this Tory government – and these grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund are a real lifeline for so many people and families across Midlothian. The SNP will do everything we can with the powers we have now to protect and support vulnerable people suffering from Westminster austerity.”