COVID-19 Breakdown of additional funds for health and social care: FOI release

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

Information requested

How the extra additional funds for health and social care have been used. Could I request a breakdown of spending and how much each local authority received?


Additional funding of £2.5 billion has been provided to the Health Portfolio in 2020-21 to support the response to the pandemic. A breakdown of this funding is provided in the table below:

Scottish Government COVID-19 expenditure £ billions
£500 payment award 0.22
Capital 0.12
Pressures associated with COVID (new
Primary Care Improvement Fund (PCIF) allocation release 0.05
Central Directorates’ spend (marketing campaigns, primary
care sustainability, increased staffing costs, Test & Protect
and vaccinations)
Allocated to NHS Boards and Health and Social Care
Partnerships (HSCPs) for COVID costs
Total spend 2.5

Some of the information you have requested is available from the Scottish Parliament's website. All answers to written parliamentary questions (PQs) are available on the search facility for which can be found at

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably  accessible to you. 

The specific PQs containing the relevant information are:

S5W-32107 & S5W-35008 provide the allocations made to each Health Board and HSCP in 2020-21 by NHS Board area.

S5W-35939 provides information on additional funding announced for health and care for 2021-22, in order to support the response to the pandemic.

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