Date lodged: 23 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, which suggests that average spending in Scotland is £492.30 per week, compared with the UK average of £536.80.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 31 January 2018
The figures quoted relate to spend per household. Comparing spend per household between Scotland and the UK can be misleading, as Scotland has on average fewer people in each household. On a per person basis, the latest figures show that on average Scots spend a similar amount to the UK as a whole, at £222 per person compared to £227 for the UK.