Date lodged: 6 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the Northern Ireland Government's Department for Communities regarding the design and capabilities of its Household Income Database, as detailed in the document, Supporting People - Maximising Income through the Uptake of Benefits, which was published in September 2016.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 20 February 2018
Scottish Government officials have been in discussion with the Northern Ireland Department for Communities about the design and capabilities of its Database for Income Modelling & Estimation (originally known as the Household Income Administrative Database). The Scottish Government is working with the Administrative Data Research Centre (Scotland) and academics to explore the possibilities of developing a similar database for Scotland.