Date lodged: 9 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many social security claimants there were in Scotland in each year from 2012 to 2017.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 27 July 2018
With the exception of Scottish Welfare Fund awards and Discretionary Housing Payments, all elements of social security spending, during this period, were within the competence of the UK Government. The Scottish Government does not hold information on the overall number of social security claims made to the UK Government each year. Statistics are published separately for each benefit by the Scottish Government or UK Government.