Scottish Government draft 2020/21 budget unveiled

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 10th February 2020
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The Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes MSP has presented the Scottish Government's draft budget for 2020/21.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, the Minister highlighted key aspects of the draft budget document, which contains commitments to:

  • Increase investment in social care and integration by a further £100m, taking the total to £811 million
  • Invest £1m to support the introduction of a thrombectomy service for people affected by stroke
  • Create a £1 million fund to support women affected by mesh complications
  • Increase investment in Mental Health Services by 31.6m
  • Increase by 59% the targeted funding available to support reduction in harms from alcohol and drugs
  • Increase the Equality and Human Rights budget to £30.2 million, its highest ever level

Other priorities outlined in the budget document include;

  • Expand the provision of the ‘attend anywhere’ video consultation service
  • Launch the ‘Pharmacy First’ and ‘Medicines: Care and Review’ services, provided by Community Pharmacies
  • Design and test a framework of practice for adult social care

Read Scottish Budget 2020/21 (this link will take you away from our website).

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