Social Care (City of Edinburgh Council)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 21st January 2016.

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Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

I deeply regret anyone having to wait longer than necessary to receive their care package. We will continue to work with all councils, including the City of Edinburgh Council, to improve provision.

I will set out some of the work that has been done with the City of Edinburgh Council. The council has been allocated an additional £8.19 million for 2015-16 from the integrated care fund and over £2.4 million in additional investment this year to help to reduce delayed discharge from hospital. As Sarah Boyack will be aware, the council will receive its share of the £250 million in additional funding that was announced by John Swinney in his draft budget, which will be laid out once agreement has been reached. In addition to all that, we have offered the City of Edinburgh Council additional support of £2 million in return for improvements to social care in Edinburgh.

I am clear that improvements need to be made, and there have been a number of senior personnel changes that will help with the delivery of those improvements. The Government has been supporting the City of Edinburgh Council to make the improvements that it needs to make and has given it additional resources to help it to do that.