The Social Security (Up-rating) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2023: scrutiny report

The Scottish Commission on Social Security's scrutiny report on the Social Security (Up-rating) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2023

Annex B: Inflation of food and fuel costs

In contrast to the September 2022 CPI rate of 10.1%, food and non- alcoholic beverage prices rose by 14.5% in the 12 months to September 2022, whilst housing and household services (including electricity, gas and other fuels) prices rose 20.2% in the same period.[56]

The ONS noted that “[i]n October 2022, households are paying, on average, 88.9% more for their electricity, gas, and other fuels than they were paying a year ago. Domestic gas prices have seen the largest increase, with prices in October 2022 being more than double the price a year earlier. The prices for liquid fuels and for electricity have risen by 70.0% and 65.7%, respectively, in the year to October 2022”.[57]

Inflation of food and non-alcoholic beverage prices had reached 16.4% in the 12 months to November 2022, marking 16 consecutive months of increases in inflation in that category, with inflation of housing and household services prices reaching 26.6%.[58]

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