More Scots are being forced to ask for emergency aid to help with the cost of feeding their families and heating their homes, with six council areas across the country seeing applications for crisis grants rise by 30% or more.
Scottish Welfare Fund
Crisis-cash applications are still growing in the north-east - but the number of struggling families seeking emergency grants fell in the Highlands and Moray last year.
Shock figures show that the number of crisis cash applications from hard-pressed families have more than doubled in the Highlands and the north-east in the last four years.
Hundreds more people across the north and north-east are being forced to seek emergency financial help from local councils.
Thousands of vulnerable people across the north and north-east have been given money to buy everyday essentials like nappies, food, clothing, shoes and to pay heating bills.