Funding allocated to local authorities for social care: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00984
Date received: 27 March 2018
Date responded: 15 April 2018

Information requested

Totals of funding allocated to local authorities for social care in 2017-18 and 2018-19.


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 which is provided by the Scottish Government through the annual local government finance settlement is 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 on social care, on the basis of local needs and priorities, having first fulfilled their statutory obligations and the jointly agreed set of national and local priorities.

The 2017/18 budget sets out the transfers from the NHS to health and social care partnerships and is published at:

The 2018/19 budget sets out the additional allocation to local government for social care and is published at: /budget/

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