Date lodged: 2 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in the event that NHS boards agree, how much funding it will provide to each board for Veterans First Point.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 30 August 2017
The Scottish Government made an offer to relevant NHS Boards and Integrated Authorities to fund the local network of Veterans First Point (V1P) services to the end of this year on the basis this will be matched 50/50 by partnerships and where a firm commitment to the future of the local services can be given. This with a view to considering further support in future while the transition is made from use of the original Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) funds to full integration of the services in local areas.
Of the eight partnership areas which have a V1P service, six have responded positively to the offer for this year. Scottish Ministers will carefully consider the responses, with a particular focus on partnership commitments to future sustainability, before making any final decision on funding support for this year.