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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22197: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 22 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of what the take-up will be for each form of disability assistance.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 2 April 2019

Measuring take-up accurately is not straightforward as it requires us to estimate the number of people who have not applied but may be eligible. DWP do not publish data on take-up rates for disability benefits at GB level and it is widely acknowledged that there are particular challenges in estimating take-up for disability benefits specifically. This is because eligibility for these benefits cannot be easily established for people who do not apply. The Scottish Government will publish benefit take-up strategies, setting out our best estimate of take-up for the benefits being delivered by Social Security Scotland at the time of preparation of each strategy, as required by the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.