Date lodged: 17 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has carried of the impact on local care services in areas in which the (a) NHS board and (b) local authority is awarded lower than the average national funding per head of population.
Answered by: Shona Robison 26 April 2018
The position regarding the basis of funding for NHS Boards is set out in the response to question S5W-15959 on 26 April 2018.
Funding provided to Local Authorities by the Scottish Government is allocated using a needs-based formula which is discussed and agreed with COSLA on behalf of all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland.
The Scottish Government’s policy towards Local Authorities’ spending is to allow local authorities the financial freedom to operate independently. As such, the vast majority of the revenue funding is provided by means of a block grant. It is the responsibility of individual Local Authorities to manage their own budgets and to allocate the total financial resources available to them, including funding for care services, on the basis of local needs and priorities, having first fulfilled their statutory obligations and the jointly agreed set of national and local priorities.
All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx .