Local authorities in the north-east have been handed almost £3 million to help those in need.
Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Angus councils are set to receive a cash boost from Scottish Government as part of the Scottish Welfare Fund.
The fund offers two types of financial help to people in the most need – crisis grants and community care grants.
Crisis grants are intended to aid those who have experienced an unexpected event such as a fire or a flood.
Criteria for community care grants cover a wide range of scenarios for people on a low income, including those who are just leaving prison or care, are caring for someone, are escaping domestic abuse or have a child whose health is at risk.
Aberdeen City Council has received just over £1m for the funding, with Aberdeenshire Council being handed £856,268.
Moray Council has been given £449,655 for the grants, as well as £659,131 for Angus.
The amount given out to councils has remained the same from last year’s totals, which has been dubbed a cut by the ruling Conservative and Labour coalition at Aberdeen City Council.
A spokesman for the administration said: “We acknowledge the decision by the Scottish Government to implement a real-terms cut in the Scottish Welfare Fund for all local authorities including Aberdeen. This money will complement existing work by the council, such as the Anti-Poverty Strategy and projects resourced through the Fairer Aberdeen Fund.”
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council welcomed the funding.
Meanwhile, the SNP chairwoman of Moray Council’s Communities Committee Louise Laing said: “We welcome the allocation of funding for the Scottish Welfare Fund.”
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “We are maintaining the SWF’s budget at £38 million in 2019/20, which includes £5 million to local authorities to administrate on our behalf.
“The funding we are providing is aligned to the needs of the most vulnerable communities – in accordance with the formula we agreed with COSLA.”