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Fife's Scottish Welfare Fund trial for quality, used furniture
From Monday 13 February 2017, Fife Council will trial a change to the way it provides goods to Scottish Welfare Fund customers. The Council will acquire furniture and white goods from the new Reuse Consortium in addition to its current supplier, under the current Scotland Excel Framework.
The new Reuse Consortium is a national project led by Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS). The consortium supports 24 of Scotland’s local authorities and is made up of 17 accredited reuse members, including Castle Furniture Projectand Furniture Plusin Fife.
Members of the consortium offer high-quality, used furniture and white goods at affordable prices. The aim is to help Councils provide people in need with all the main household essentials; Things such as beds, sofas, tables and chairs, cookers, fridges and washing machines.
These goods are awarded to Fifers who most urgently need them, those who applied for a Crisis Grant or Community Care Grant. Each year, Fife Council receives an allocation from the Scottish Government to cover these Scottish Welfare Fund grants at a local level.
There is more information about the Scottish Welfare fund, and about Crisis grants and Community Care grants on FifeDirect by clicking here.
You can find out more about Community Resources Network Scotland and the Reuse Consortium by clicking here.