Funding arrangements for specialist palliative care provided by independent voluntary hospices in Scotland are set out in HDL (2003)18. This guidance was agreed between Hospices, the NHS and the Scottish Government. Since 1990 there has been a commitment that NHS boards should meet 50% of the agreed running costs of hospices providing specialist palliative care for adults. This 50% target was set so as not to compromise the independence of hospices. It is a matter for individual hospices to agree their funding requirements with their local NHS board.