Date lodged: 7 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what estimates it has made of the Scottish poverty premium.
Answered by: Angela Constance 20 December 2017
The Scottish Government published detailed analysis in June on the Cost of Living in Scotland. The report looks specifically at the poverty premium: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0052/00520732.docx.
We know that low income households spend a higher proportion of income on essential goods and services. That’s why our Fairer Scotland Action Plan included a specific action on tackling the poverty premium. We held a summit with energy companies last December and wrote to them on 17 February 2017 challenging them to identify further action they could take to help low income consumers get a better deal on their fuel bills. In 2018 we will roll out a Financial Health Check with a particular focus on low income families. This service will advise on establishing eligibility for and claiming financial entitlements; securing the best deal on financial products, services, utilities including energy; and managing money, all of which will support income maximisation.