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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-14758: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government which autism-related services it has provided funding for, and what the total funding provided has been, in each year since 2015-16.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 5 March 2018

Health and Social Care Partnerships have devolved responsibility for the strategic planning and decision making for all functions delegated to them, including autism services for autistic adults and children in line with their statutory responsibilities under the Public Bodies (Scotland) Act (2014). This means they have a major role to play in designing and ensuring delivery of local autism strategies and action plans, alongside NHS Boards and local authority colleagues in housing, education, Health Boards and other relevant local services which may not be delegated to the IA, and services delivered by other community planning partners.

The Scottish Government has provided funding to each partnership area through the Scottish Strategy for Autism to enable the innovation and development of autism services across Scotland. The Scottish Government will publish full details of the Strategy spend to date when it publishes the strategies priorities for 2018 to 2021 later in March.