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S5W-19376: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has contingency funding set aside to provide emergency support to alcohol and drug addiction service providers.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 6 November 2018

NHS Boards receive a baseline budget from the Scottish Government to provide health services for their local population. A proportion of this funding will be used to support alcohol and drug addiction services.

We have invested over £746 million to tackle problem drug and alcohol use since 2008. This financial year we have provided a further £20 million (per annum for the lifetime of this Parliament) to improve the provision and quality of services for those with substance misuse issues.

The total financial resource available to services in any given year will be significantly higher than the Scottish Government’s funding and includes contributions from NHS and other statutory partners across a range of provision.