Date lodged: 2 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many NHS boards have committed to providing funding for Veterans First Point.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 29 August 2017
The Scottish Government made an offer to relevant NHS Boards and Integrated Authorities to fund the local network of Veterans First Point (V1P) services to the end of this year on the basis this will be matched 50/50 by partnerships and where a firm commitment to the future of the local services can be given. This with a view to considering further support in future while the transition is made from use of the original Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) funds to full integration of the services in local areas.
Of the eight partnership areas which have a V1P service, six have responded positively to the offer for this year (Ayrshire and Arran; Borders; Fife; Lanarkshire, Lothian and Tayside). Two areas (Grampian and Highland) have not accepted the offer. Reassurances have been sought from these areas that the current and future needs of veterans will continue to met.