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Scottish Budget & Health 2018-2019; A key summary.

December 15, 2017


Yesterday Derek MacKay announced the Scottish Government’s fiscal plans for the coming year. Amongst it were some key announcements in regards to healthcare;


  • A healthcare funding increase of £400m, bringing the the total funding to £13Bn. 

  • £17m more funding for mental health care, with a promise to deliver 800 new mental health support workers. 

  • £550m to support social care delivery via Integrated joint boards. 

  • £110m to be invested in the reform of primary care services. 


Another key announcement, welcomed across our group was the promise of public sector pay rises;


  • 3% for those earning less than £30,000 per annum. 

  • 2% for those earning above £30,000.

  • A £1,600 cap rise for those earning above £80,000. 


In his announcement Mr MacKay also reiterated the government’s commitment to the roll out of Franks’s Law; the guarantee of free personal care regardless of age by 2019, which will benefit around 9,000 families in Scotland every year. 


The budget seeks to underpin the SNP’s commitment to a funding increase of £2Bn for healthcare over the course of the current parliament. 




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