Date lodged: 23 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to mitigate the effect of inflation on winter fuel payments once competency for this benefit has been fully transferred to the Scottish Ministers.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 3 February 2017
The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring our policies are designed to best meet people’s needs, in the context of swingeing UK Government cuts to the overall welfare budget. That is why we have already committed to uprating disability benefits in line with inflation. Our recent consultation on social security in Scotland also sought views on the best way to ensure other benefits being devolved to Scotland, including Winter Fuel Payments, keep pace with the cost of living. We will shortly be publishing our response to the consultation along with information on next steps.