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Disabled Children (North Antrim)

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what respite care facilities are available to support children with disabilities within the East Antrim constituency. [120945]

A range of respite services to support children with disabilities in the East Antrim area are available, including Whitehaven Respite Unit, Whitehead, the Challenge Unit, Ballymena and a family based respite scheme in Carrickfergus/Newtownabbey.The development of respite care services is included in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's Priorities for Action 2003–04. Additional funding has been allocated for this purpose.