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S5W-19154: Colin Beattie (Midlothian North and Musselburgh)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that the social care workforce is properly resourced so that people with neurological conditions can be cared for in their own home or other alternative care settings to hospital.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 30 October 2018

Everyone in Scotland has the right to safe, compassionate care that meets their needs and respects their rights and preferences for support and how it is delivered. Over the past decade a significant amount of work and investment has gone into supporting older people and people with disabilities including those with neurological conditions to live well in their own homes for longer. We are continuing this with more than £550 million additional investment this year in integrating health and social care.

In 2018-19, Councils will receive overall funding of £10.7 billion providing real terms increases in both revenue and capital funding this year. The settlement includes an additional £66 million to local government to support implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act, maintain payment of the real Living Wage, and increase payments for free personal and nursing care.

We are committed to making life better for people living with neurological conditions and will shortly publish Scotland’s first ever National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions, for public consultation. The plan will set out how we aim to improve the care, treatment and support available to people living with neurological conditions, and their carers.