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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21104: Mark Griffin (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has allocated to each local authority in its draft Budget for implementation of the real living wage for social care.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 31 January 2019

The 2019-20 Scottish Government Budget includes £120 million to be transferred from the health portfolio to Local Authorities in-year for investment in integration, including delivery of the living wage and uprating free personal care, and school counselling services.

This is in addition to £66m which was included in the 2018-19 Local Government budget settlement to be used for social care pressures including the real living wage commitment for adult social care staff and extending the commitment to sleepovers.

The funding for implementation of the real living wage for adult social care workers is included as part of an overall Local Government settlement to cover health and social care integration and social care. There are no separately identifiable budget allocations for real living wage implementation at Local Authority level.