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Care Of Elderly (Hemsworth)

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on funding for care of the elderly in the Hemsworth constituency in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2002–03. [109867]

[holding answer 28 April 2003]: Wakefield has benefited from the increases in social services funding in recent years. In 2002–03—the authority's total social services resources increased, on a like for like basis, by 5.9 per cent, which followed on from a 6.9 per cent, increase in 2001–02. In 2003–04, Wakefield has received a 3.9 per cent, increase in their personal social services formula spending share. In addition, they received substantial additional resources from grants paid by the Department of Health. Most resources are allocated on an unhypothecated basis and it is for Wakefield to decide how much to use on services for older people.

The allocations to the Eastern Wakefield and West Wakefield Primary Care Trusts are shown in the table.

Eastern Wakefield PCT

Wakefield West PCT


Allocation (£000)171,930131,156


Allocation (£000)189,117143,375
Allocation (£000)208,492156,303


Increase (£000)51,10435,519