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New Deal for Carers

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) over what time period the funding package announced in the written ministerial statement of 21 February 2007, Official Report, column 49WS, on the new deal for carers will be spent; and how much has been spent; (146530)

(2) on what date she expects the national helpline for carers to be established.

The funding announced for the new deal for carers announced on 21 February 2007 is for the current financial year. Decisions on funding for future years will be announced following the forthcoming comprehensive spending review.

In October, we will be giving councils their share of £25 million to develop short breaks for carers who are temporarily unable to care because of an emergency or other crisis. In addition, we will soon make up to £1 million available to key national organisations who are working with the Government to help provide greater support for carers.

The Department is working actively to achieve delivery of the national helpline and has been doing so in consultation with the national carers’ organisations. It is our intention that the helpline will be in place in next summer.