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FUNDING TO ALLOW INDEPENDENT LIVING

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Patients across Scotland will benefit from money for services to allow independent living....
Patients across Scotland will benefit from money for services to allow independent living.

An additional£5m funding to support improvements in equipment and adaptation services was announced today.

Deputy health minister Rhona Brankin said:

'Equipment and adaptation services play a vital role in improving the quality of people's lives. They can enable people to live independently in their own homes as well as reducing the need for other care services.

'I am pleased to be able to announce this allocation of£5 million to be shared between local authorities across the country to improve these important services.

'Local authorities and their NHS partners will use this money to reduce the waiting times for equipment and adaptation services, to tackle unmet needs and to support improved joined-up working.

'It is vital that we have a more joined-up approach to the delivery of these services to ensure patients get the full benefit of them.

'For example, if the NHS supplies a patient with a wheelchair, then the local authority provides a ramp into their house. It seems simple, but in some areas, this basic coordination of services has previously been lacking.'

Distribution of Funding:

Area

Funding (in£s)

Aberdeen City

185,874

Aberdeenshire

176,952

Angus

113,752

Argyll & Bute

99,019

Clackmannanshire

42,483

Dumfries & Galloway

163,334

Dundee City

171,168

East Ayrshire

126,238

East Dunbartonshire

84,420

East Lothian

91,913

East Renfrewshire

74,757

Edinburgh, City of

402,085

Eilean Siar

36,939

Falkirk

137,125

Fife

333,508

Glasgow City

702,223

Highland

201,112

Inverclyde

96,075

Midlothian

65,967

Moray

75,777

North Ayrshire

142,351

North Lanarkshire

300,483

Orkney Islands

19,184

Perth & Kinross

139,199

Renfrewshire

166,458

Scottish Borders

114,846

Shetland Islands

18,631

South Ayrshire

129,118

South Lanarkshire

292,987

Stirling

74,907

West Dunbartonshire

103,219

West Lothian

117,897

Scotland

5,000,000

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