Welfare State: Scotland

Scotland Office written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Margaret Ferrier Margaret Ferrier Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the commissioning of analysis on the effect of welfare changes since 2010 on poverty levels in Scotland.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

I meet regularly with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to discuss a wide range of welfare related matters. DWP considers carefully the impact of individual policy changes, including the effect on individuals with protected characteristics in line with its legal obligations. The Scottish Government own statistics (drawn from Households Below Average Income dataset, DWP), published in the “Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland: 2013/14 report” shows that relative poverty for all groups is either lower or at the same level in 2013/14 compared in 2009/10.

Group

Numbers in relative low income,

thousands (percentage)

2009/10

2013/14

All individuals

Before Housing Costs

870 (17)

730 (14)

After Housing Costs

970 (19)

940 (18)

Children

Before Housing Costs

200 (20)

140 (14)

After Housing Costs

240 (24)

210 (22)

Working-age

Before Housing Costs

500 (16)

440 (14)

After Housing Costs

600 (19)

600 (19)

Pensioners

Before Housing Costs

170 (16)

160 (15)

After Housing Costs

120 (12)

120 (12)

The full report is available at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/06/7453.

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