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NHS: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 5.33 of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, how much growth funding has been included in each primary care trust's baseline allocations for 2008-09 to enable them to work with local authorities to significantly increase the range and number of short breaks for disabled children; whether this money is ring-fenced; and if he will make a statement. (201347)

The 2008-09 primary care trust (PCT) revenue allocations were announced on 13 December 2007. These represent £74.2 billion investment in the national health service, nearly £4 billion more than in 2007-08. All PCTs will receive an above inflation cash increase of 5.5 per cent., a total cash increase of £3.8 billion. The funding for services to support disabled children forms part of this allocation.

It is for PCTs to determine how to use the funding allocated to them to commission services to meet the health care needs of their local populations. The Department deliberately does not break down PCT allocations into funding for individual policy programmes, as this would constrain local innovation and decision taking. Instead, the approach the Department takes is to be clear about the priorities for the NHS through the Operating Framework. It is then for the NHS to decide how best to achieve those outcomes in the light of local needs and circumstances, including the level of resources to invest.