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S5W-09255: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 16 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the £150 million that it announced for mental health in 2015 (a) remains unallocated and (b) has been allocated, broken down by (i) initiative and (ii) how long it will apply for.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 2 June 2017

The £150 million commitment for innovation and improvement was first made to begin in the calendar year 2016, running to the end of 2020. This was subsequently updated and built upon following the most recent Programme for Government (PFG) to be at least £150million from 2017-18 to 2021-22.

We have been clear on the intention that at least £150 million will be spent on innovation and improvement over both five year periods. In short, the £25.4 million spent for innovation and improvement prior to 2017-18 is in addition to the £150 million set out in the most recent PFG.

In 2017-18 the contribution to the £150million fund is £30 million. Allocations for this and future years are under consideration and will be subject to future Spending Reviews and decisions by Scottish Ministers and Parliament.