Date lodged: 24 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the socio-demographic profile of people in receipt of the Scottish Water single person discount.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 November 2018
We do not hold any data on the socio-demographic profile of households that qualify for single status discounts.
Citizens Advice Scotland's (CAS) latest research report takes a closer look at characteristics that may indicate whether a household will struggle to pay for water and sewerage charges. It also provides an analysis of various proxies that could be used to determine affordability and at how additional financial support could be targeted towards households that need it most. A copy of that report can be found at: https://www.cas.org.uk/publications/charting-new-course-study-developing-affordability-policy-water-and-sewerage-charges .