Question reference: S6W-23425
- Asked by: Paul Sweeney, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish Labour
- Date lodged: 30 November 2023
Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 11 December 2023
To ask the Scottish Government what impact the reprioritisation of the £7.5 million funding from the Mental Health Transformation Fund will have on the delivery of priorities outlined in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
The vast majority of spending on mental health is delivered through NHS board budgets – and this is not directly affected by the Path to Balance reprioritisation. Between the Scottish Government and NHS boards we expect spending on Mental Health to be well in excess of £1.3 billion in financial year 2023-24.
The 2023-24 direct mental health budget of £260.3 million is still more than double the 2020-21 mental health budget of £117.1 million and will support delivery of the new ten-year Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and recently published delivery plan. The Delivery Plan has been produced with affordability and deliverability within that financial envelope as a primary consideration.