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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13275: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much it invested on health visitors in 2016-17.

Answered by: Shona Robison 19 December 2017

The Scottish Government allocated £2 million, £6.8 million, and £19 million in 2014-15, 2015.16 and 2017-18 respectively for additional Health Visitors. In 2016-17, funding for Health Visitors was included in the new Outcomes Framework (totalling over £160 million) issued to Health Boards. All of this funding supported the provision of an additional 500 health visitor posts. In addition, a further £4 million has been allocated to Health Boards over the same period in respect of Health Visiting training.

The above funding will allow us to meet the manifesto commitment by 2018, investing over £40 million by 2017-18.