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Social Services: Gravesham

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was allocated by central Government to local government for social services in Gravesham local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available. (117306)

The provision of social services in the Gravesham area is the responsibility of Kent county council. Funding for local authorities’ social service responsibilities are paid through formula grant (revenue support grant and national non-domestic rates) and specific grant. Formula grant is unhypothecated provision and decisions on the use of that grant are for local authorities to make, bearing in mind their statutory responsibilities and the wishes of their electorate. Under the provisional local government finance settlement 2007-08, Kent county council receives a formula grant of £228.685 million, which is an increase of 2.7 per cent. on a like for like basis. In addition, Kent will receive the following revenue grants for adult social care amounting to £42.591 million:

£ million

Access and systems capacity

13.386

Children and adolescent mental health services

1.786

Carers grants

4.353

Commission for Social Care Inspection

0.017

Delayed discharge

2.477

HR development strategy

1.082

Improving management information

0.479

Mental health grant

2.870

National training strategy

2.335

Preserved rights

12.217

Preventative technology grant

1.245

Mental Capacity Act and the independent mental capacity advocate

0.344