The Social Fund: a review of selected literature
Review with the objective to examine what the Social Fund currently consists of and explore how it operates; and consider whether the Fund could be made more responsive to Scottish Government priorities and look at the possible consequences of devolving responsibility for it.
The review was completed in May 2010 and presents evidence relating to the Social Fund and discusses the Scottish and UK Government policy context which was operational at the time of writing. There have been significant developments in UK Government policy since then which are not covered in this report.
The review considers a wide range of literature. Whilst there was a significant knowledge base relating to the majority of the administration of the Social Fund, there are significant evidence gaps relating to the benefits of the Social Fund.