Date lodged: 18 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether funding to allow for the payment of the living wage in full for overnight support workers is contained in the draft Budget.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 8 January 2019
Since 2016 the Scottish Government has provided funding to support the delivery of the real living wage commitment for staff working in adult social care, all of which has been baselined annually. This includes £30 million of funding provided to Local Authorities over the last two years to extend the commitment to sleepovers hours during 2018-19.
The Scottish Government draft spending and tax plans for 2019-20 include an increase in the package of investment in social care and integration which exceeds £700 million, underlining our commitment to integration and social care including the real living wage for staff.