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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02984: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 20 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how much funding was provided to each local authority to implement the suicide prevention strategy, Choose Life, in each year since 2013.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 27 September 2016

Provision of £3.298 million per annum was added to the Local Government Finance Settlement baseline from 2008-09 for the "Choose Life" Strategy and included within the block grant support from the Scottish Government. It is the responsibility of each individual authority to manage their own budgets and to allocate the total financial resources available to them, including funding for the suicide prevention strategy, on the basis of local needs and priorities, having first fulfilled their statutory obligations and the jointly agreed set of national and local priorities.