Annual social care costs: FOI release

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

Information requested

You asked for:
a) What is the anticipated annual increase in social care spending for each individual year of the new Parliament to cover the costs of implementing the Feeley review recommendations?

b) Is the £840m additional spending over the course of the full parliament or an annual increase?

c)If the £840m is over the course of the Parliament, how much will be for each year?

d) The Feeley Report identified that its recommendations would cost £660m. How does the £840m figure quoted by a spokesperson as a total figure link to the cost estimates in the Feeley report?

e) How are these increases in expenditure to be paid for.


The answer to your question is:

a & c) The Scottish Government does not have the information you have asked for as the funding profile in each year will be informed by plans which are currently being developed for delivery of commitments for social care. This will be considered by Ministers and by Parliament in due course, with further detail to be set out in the Programme for Government later this year.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.

b) As set out in the reference you've quoted in your request, the £840 million is the estimated increase in annual baseline spending by the end of this parliament, compared to current spending.

d) The Feeley Report quoted estimated costs for a range of recommendations which are being considered. The £840 million is estimated additional investment in social care for matters such as unmet need and increased demand.

e) The increases will be funded within the planned expenditure of the Scottish Government which will be determined and set out in each year’s Scottish Budget.

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