Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution has presented the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget for 2018/19.
In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, the Cabinet Secretary highlighted key aspects of the Draft Budget document, which contains commitments to:
- £355m transferred from the NHS to Health and Social Care Partnerships.
- Invest an additional £66 million through the Local Government settlement allocations to support the living wage in social care, implement the carers legislation and provide Free Personal and Nursing Care. (£19.4 million of this will be dedicated to implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act).
- An additional £17m for mental health services (including CAMHS).
- Recruit an additional 800 workers over the next five years to increase access to mental health professionals in Accident and Emergency settings, GP practices, police custody units and prisons.
- Invest £110 million in 2018-19 to the implementation of the proposed new GP contract and support the wider reform of primary care.
- Primary care spend will increase to 11% of frontline NHS budget by the end of this Parliament.
- Continue with the recruitment of 250 Community Links Workers over the lifetime of the Parliament; building on the 53 that are already in post across Scotland.
- Increase the number of pharmacists with advanced clinical skills working in general practice, training more paramedics, health visitors and a further 500 advanced nurse practitioners.
- £3m to promote and spread health innovation with better collaboration between NHS, academia, industry and medical research charities.
- Continue to invest in supporting people living with long-term conditions to self manage through the £2 million Self Management Fund.
- A pay policy that will allow for 3% increase in public sector pay for staff earning up to £30,000; 2% for staff earning more than that and a limit of £1,600 for those earning over £80,000.
- Invest £9.2 million to support the implementation of Self-directed Support, to enable more people to exercise choice and control over their care and support.
- Continue to work with stakeholders to deliver the priorities and vision in the Scottish Government’s See Hear Strategy for people with sight loss, deafness and dual sensory loss in Scotland.
- Real terms cut in the Third Sector Unit budget.
- Increasing the Fair Food Fund by £500,000.