Scotland politics

Scottish government preventative spend review pledge

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Media captionThe Scottish government intends to make funding worth £500m available

Alex Neil MSP has promised to revisit Scottish government funding of preventative spending for older people's care.

The cabinet secretary for infrastructure said the review would assess "if it can be done better".

The Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations John Downie has criticised the funding package.

Mr Downie claimed "change packages... were not the radical drivers for change that we need to see".

The exchange came on the week the government announced in its draft budget that it has made a decisive shift in the direction of preventative spending initiatives, with funds of £500m over the next three years.

Mr Neil conceded the government would "learn the lessons from the change fund" before embarking on the creation of a new funding mechanism for future preventative spending plans.

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