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
- Document Cover
- About the Scottish Commission on Social Security
- Summary of recommendations and observations
- Executive summary
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Inflation
- 3. Scottish Child Payment
- 4. Adult Disability Payment
- 5. Earnings thresholds
- 6. Approach to scrutiny
- Annex A: Overview – powers and constraints
- Annex B: Inflation of food and fuel costs
- Annex C: Scrutiny timeline
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.
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”.
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%.