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S5W-11109: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether is has commissioned the Department for Work and Pensions to produce a Scotland-only version of the Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: financial year 2015/16 statistics.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 19 September 2017

The Scottish Government has not requested the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to produce a Scotland-only version of the take-up statistics.

DWP emphasise a number of data quality issues in the methodology note accompanying these statistics, including challenges around matching survey and administrative data. For this reason, DWP provide range as well as point estimates for take-up. These challenges would be greater if attempting to replicate this methodology with Scotland-only data.

The Scottish Government continues to make relevant data requests to DWP in relation to devolved benefits.