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Question reference: S6W-12802

  • Asked by: Kaukab Stewart, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 1 December 2022
  • Current status: Answered by John Swinney on 12 December 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider adjusting the Redress Scotland Scheme's payments to account for inflation.


Answer

As Scotland’s Redress Scheme will run for at least 5 years from December 2021, fluctuations in the inflation rates over this period are to be expected. To mandate routine or regular changes to account for these fluctuations would have added another level of complexity which may have detracted from the core aim of providing acknowledgement and tangible recognition of harm caused to those who experienced abuse in care.

No amount of money can make up for the harm done, and survivors have told us that, in some cases, the receipt of a payment, rather than the level of that payment, has been the recognition they have been seeking. The redress payment reflects only one part of that tangible recognition, which also includes the provision of support to access a personal apology, which again can be more meaningful to some survivors than the payment.

There is no fixed budget or limit to the number of redress payments which will be paid by the Scottish Government. We are committed to making financial redress to all survivors of abuse in care who receive an offer of payment from the independent decision making body, Redress Scotland, based upon the published assessment framework and associated payment levels .

Payments made through the scheme are not index linked. Section 39 of the Revised Financial Memorandum outlines that there is provision, but not a requirement, for Scottish Ministers to increase redress payment amounts to account for inflation, as set out in Section 41 of the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021, through the introduction of regulations.

At this time, the longer term economic forecasts mean there are no current plans to introduce regulations of this nature, and monitoring of the situation will continue.