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To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the number of pupils learning a musical instrument fell by over 1,000 between 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 22/11/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to local communities where nearby rivers have been polluted by waste overflows from detritus flushed down toilets

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 25/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to a recent Sue Ryder report that suggests that providing proactive and planned care to a person with MND could lead to savings of between 30-50% annually.

Answered by Joe FitzPatrick (26/10/2018):

During 2018 we have engaged extensively with the neurological community to develop Scotland’s first ever National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions, which will be published in draft form for consultation shortly. The plan sets out our vision that everyone with a neurological condition will be able to access the care and support they need to live well, on their own terms. We will consider the Sue Ryder report, as part of that consultation process.

Current Status: Answered by Joe FitzPatrick on 26/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that the social care workforce is properly resourced so that people with neurological conditions can be cared for in their own home or other alternative care settings to hospital.

Answered by Jeane Freeman (30/10/2018):

Everyone in Scotland has the right to safe, compassionate care that meets their needs and respects their rights and preferences for support and how it is delivered. Over the past decade a significant amount of work and investment has gone into supporting older people and people with disabilities including those with neurological conditions to live well in their own homes for longer. We are continuing this with more than £550 million additional investment this year in integrating health and social care.

In 2018-19, Councils will receive overall funding of £10.7 billion providing real terms increases in both revenue and capital funding this year. The settlement includes an additional £66 million to local government to support implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act, maintain payment of the real Living Wage, and increase payments for free personal and nursing care.

We are committed to making life better for people living with neurological conditions and will shortly publish Scotland’s first ever National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions, for public consultation. The plan will set out how we aim to improve the care, treatment and support available to people living with neurological conditions, and their carers.

Current Status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 30/10/2018

To ask the Scottish Government how its investment in the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and South East City Region Deal will help deliver inclusive economic growth across the region and benefit residents in Midlothian and Musselburgh.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 05/09/2018
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