Date lodged: 29 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how it promotes access to welfare rights support as a form of social prescribing, and which NHS boards and GP practices are leading this work.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 20 September 2018
Scottish Government support for advice services is intended to maximise household resources and ensure people understand their statutory rights and have recourse to redress if those rights are not upheld.
The Scottish Government is funding a part-time welfare advice service facilitator in 2018-19 to support the embedding of Welfare Advice Services in Health and Social Care settings, with a particular focus on general practice and early years.
Provision of welfare advice is a matter for individual NHS Boards and general practices and we do not hold information centrally on where advisers are located.