“The Scottish Welfare Fund is an important example of the kind of action the SNP has taken to ensure there is additional financial support in place for people in Orkney coping with the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. “
£20million from the Scottish Welfare fund is to be used flexibly and £10million to provide free school meals.
The grant will be targeted at people who are in receipt of Universal Credit or legacy benefits, with some discretion to make awards to others in financial hardship.
“The Scottish Welfare Fund is a vital lifeline for many people facing poverty or personal crisis.”
Around a third of all payments from the Scottish Welfare fund have gone to households with children.
The Scottish Welfare Fund set up in 2013 by the Scottish Government to help out households most in need has aided 254,000 individual households