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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02958: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 20 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to use its new benefit top-up powers to increase the Employment and Support Allowance to ensure that it keeps pace with inflation, in line with its pledge in its amendment, S5M-00374.3, that disability benefits should be "increased at least in line with inflation to ensure that they cover the cost of living."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 28 September 2016

Employment and Support Allowance will remain reserved to the UK Government. Uprating is therefore a matter for that Government.