of Scots have shared more than Thousands of Scots have shared over £18m of emergency state handouts
Some 78,700 crisis and community care grants were issued by the Scottish Welfare Fund to help pay for nappies, food and heating bills between April and September last year.
The £18.1 million worth of hardship payments was up by £2.1 million dished out over the same period the previous year.
And it makes the total bill £116 million in the four years of the scheme.
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SNP ministers are currently drawing up a blueprint for a welfare system using Holyrood's new powers to create benefits in devolved areas and top-up UK-wide handouts.
Campaigners have previously warned the welfare grants were a sign that the benefits bill could become unaffordable.
Since April 2013, grants have been given to 230,000 households.
The money provided nappies, food and heating bills for people struggling financially
They are designed to help buy everyday items, such as food, nappies or toiletries, and cover heating costs and other bills in a crisis.
The Scottish Welfare Fund is a vital lifeline
Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman
Grants are also awarded to people facing an emergency, such as flooding.
Administered by councils, they offer help to buy one-off items such as a cooker or washing machine.
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More than half of the money has gone to single person households, with a third going to homes with children.
SNP ministers are currently drawing up a blueprint for a welfare system
Between July and September 65 per cent of community care grant applications were successful with the average award amounting to £590 for items such as beds, white goods and furniture.
Over the same period 72 per cent of crisis grants were approved, averaging around just under £85, for food, heating costs and other living expenses.
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Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman said yesterday: "The Scottish Welfare Fund is a vital lifeline for people in times of need, allowing them to cover the everyday necessities, such as food, nappies or heating, that many of us take for granted.
"We have seen a rise in the number of households receiving Scottish Welfare Fund grants and we will continue to do all we can to support hard pressed families and individuals who, through no fault of their own, are struggling to make ends meet."
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