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S5W-05361: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5O-00060 and S5W-02672 by Jeane Freeman on 16 June and 29 September 2016 respectively, whether it will take the Consumer Price Index as a starting point for uprating (a) cold weather payments, (b) funeral payments, (c) winter fuel payments and (d) Sure Start maternity grants.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 19 December 2016

Cold weather payments, funeral payments, winter fuel payments and sure start maternity grants are not automatically uprated by U.K. Government at present. The uprating of successor benefits is being considered in the light of responses to our recent consultation on Social Security and no decision has yet been made.