Autism Strategy

– in the Scottish Parliament on 28th February 2019.

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Photo of Alexander Burnett Alexander Burnett Conservative

4. To ask the Scottish Government how it is working with stakeholders to improve its autism strategy. (S5O-02932)

Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government is committed to improving the lives of autistic people and their families through our 10-year autism strategy. The strategy directly funds a number of organisations that assist in delivering the outcomes and priorities that we set in the autism strategy. That includes the extensive work of Autism Network Scotland, Inspiring Scotland and NHS Education Scotland, alongside specific projects with other public bodies, such as the Care Inspectorate.

The work of the strategy is increasingly being informed, developed and implemented with the involvement of autistic people’s organisations and autistic individuals. More than £2 million is spent each year to directly support stakeholders in a number of national and local initiatives around Scotland, with each initiative contributing to the implementation of one or more of the outcomes that were identified in the “Scottish Strategy for Autism: outcomes and priorities 2018-2021”.

Photo of Alexander Burnett Alexander Burnett Conservative

Has spending on autism gone up or down this year?

Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

The Government is committed to improving mental health and the lives of people with autism and their families. Improving mental health is a key priority, and an additional £250 million will be spent on mental health services over the next five years.

We have listened to the voices of autistic people and their organisations, and we have involved them in the work that supports the strategy. We will ensure that there are appropriate autism services and support.