Date lodged: 13 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce health inequalities.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 20 February 2019
Reducing health inequalities in Scotland is one of the biggest challenges we face and is therefore a top priority for the Scottish Government. Since they are symptomatic of wider social inequalities, we are taking decisive action on a number of fronts.
This includes spending £125 million in 2018/2019 to tackle the impact of UK Government welfare cuts and protect those on low incomes. We have published ambitious plans for tackling the major causes of health inequalities including alcohol and substance misuse, diet and healthy weight and tobacco. And we are establishing Public Health Scotland to deliver on Scotland’s public health priorities.