Funding for Mental Health in Colleges AY21-22

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Dear Dundee and Angus College,

Under Freedom of Information Scotland, I wish to receive the following information within 20 working days:

1. Please provide details of the amount of additional funding allocated to you by Scottish Funding Council for Mental Health in Colleges for AY 21-22. For the avoidance of doubt, I am referring to the funding provided which was supplementary to the college’s core funds.
2. Please advise what proportion of these funds will be spent or is proposed to be spent on Support Staff/Lecturing Staff/Students. Please provide separate figures for each.
3. Please advise how the additional funds will be spent or are proposed to be spent on each separate group.
4. Please advise whether the recognised trade unions were consulted before submission of the document or on any subsequent decisions taken?

Yours faithfully,

John Gallacher

Shared Mailbox - foi, Dundee and Angus College

Dear John, thank you for your request for information, please see our responses below:

1. Please provide details of the amount of additional funding allocated to you by Scottish Funding Council for Mental Health in Colleges for AY 21-22. For the avoidance of doubt, I am referring to the funding provided which was supplementary to the college's core funds.

£272,606. Details of funding allocated for all colleges are available on SFC website, publication SFC/AN/21/2021. https://www.sfc.ac.uk/publications-stati...

2. Please advise what proportion of these funds will be spent or is proposed to be spent on Support Staff/Lecturing Staff/Students. Please provide separate figures for each.

All of these funds will be utilised to support mental health and wellbeing for students and staff. No specific split of funding has been made between these groups as this will be needs led.

3. Please advise how the additional funds will be spent or are proposed to be spent on each separate group.

Please see response to Q2 above.

4. Please advise whether the recognised trade unions were consulted before submission of the document or on any subsequent decisions taken?

No, These funds are ring fenced for specific purposes and decisions were made to augment a range of current services by the appropriate support professionals. Our Mental Health and Wellbeing group plays an active role in identifying and supporting mental health needs, activities and services with input from trade union representatives.

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Kind Regards

FOI Office
Dundee and Angus College