Up-rating devolved Social Security assistance: multi criteria decision analysis - January 2024

A report setting out a multi-criteria decision analysis of the options available to the Scottish Government to uprate devolved social security assistance in 2024 to 2025.


58. As a result of the Multi Criteria Decision Analysis, this report recommends devolved social security assistance, where Ministers must uprate under section 86B of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 or where they choose to uprate discretionary benefits following their general review under section 86A of that Act, is uprated in April 2024 using the September 2023 rate of CPI, ranking highest in the scoring of multi-criteria options.

59. Additionally, September CPI’s ranking as highest scoring did not change when sensitivity analysis was conducted (see Annex C) and did not provide negative real terms financial outcomes for clients (as estimated in Annex A), unlike some other scoring options.


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