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S5W-15429: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-14366 and S5W-14367 by Derek Mackay on 20 February 2018, what estimated savings in universal credit payments the UK Government will make in 2018-19 as a result of the Scottish starter rate of income tax, and whether the Scottish Government will receive a transfer from the UK Government as outlined in paragraph 45 of the Fiscal Framework.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 18 April 2018

I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-15427 on 18 April 2018, the Scottish Government does not currently have access to the data required to estimate the overall impact of income tax changes on Universal Credit expenditure in Scotland.

Some households will receive more UC as a result of paying more income tax. It is not yet possible to determine whether this will result in a net gain (or a net loss) for the UK or Scottish Governments.

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