Magazine article Public Finance

Spend Early to Save on Future Social Problems, MSPs Told

Magazine article Public Finance

Spend Early to Save on Future Social Problems, MSPs Told

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Public bodies in Scotland could deal with social problems more effectively by spending on 'preventative' measures, the Scottish Parliament finance committee has been told.

The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts - which promotes innovation to solve major economic and social problems - said that preventative programmes could have an enormous impact on service provision and cost-effectiveness.

The organisation told MSPs on September 21 that health spending per head was 12% to 16% higher in Scotland than in England, yet Scotland did not have better health outcomes and its overall mortality rate was 15% higher than in England.

Dr Michael Harris, director of public and social innovation at Nesta, said current models of provision did not always have the desired impact and more preventative spending was needed. …

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