Skip to main content

Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17420: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason Scotland’s real household disposable income growth is reportedly 0.5% behind the UK average.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 16 July 2018

As highlighted by the Scottish Fiscal Commission’s latest report, the growth rate of Real Disposable Household Income (RDHI) is influenced by a range of macroeconomic trends. In particular differences in population growth rates are an important determinant in the difference between the growth rate of RDHI between the UK and Scotland.

The Scottish Fiscal Commission go on to forecast that any gap between Scottish and UK RDHI on a per capita basis (controlling for differences in population growth) will narrow and then close over the next two years.