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Housing And Community Care

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list those projects awarded a grant for 1993–94 which promote or develop effective links between housing services and community care, and the amount awarded to each.

[holding answer 14 June 1993]: Support for projects combining housing and community care will come from a number of Government programmes in 1993–94. Grants totalling £514,000 have been awarded through the mental illness specific grant, to projects designed to increase community based mental health facilities, including special housing. In addition, £15 million of bridging finance has been made available to health boards for community care projects, some of which may well involve housing. Grants totalling £5·978 million have already been made under the urban programme for hostel and other accommodation, day care services, and home care for the elderly; and further grants may be made during 1993–94. A total of £135,000 has been made available to voluntary housing bodies for community care, including provision for the elderly.In addition, Scottish Homes makes grants to housing associations which promote effective links between housing and community care including in particular grants made under the new revenue funding arrangements known as the special needs allowance package (SNAP) to meet the additional housing management costs involved in providing for people with special needs. It is estimated that SNAP grants in 1993–94 will amount to around £4 million.