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Health Services: Religion

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on healthcare chaplaincy in the NHS. (210194)

No such research has been commissioned by the Department during the current parliamentary session, which commenced in November 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what central allocation of funding was made to healthcare chaplaincy services in the NHS in each of the last five years. (210195)

Funding for the provision of health care chaplaincy services is built into the financial allocations to primary care trusts, who commission services on behalf of patients.

The Department provides central funding to support the development of the chaplaincy work force. The information in the following table shows which faith groups received funding in the last three years. Funding arrangements were restructured in 2005, following an independent review of central funding of hospital chaplaincy, conducted by John James and involving all main faith-based groups. The new arrangements resulted in more support for minority faith groups by redistributing the existing budget more equitably to provide for the religious and spiritual needs of patients while in hospital. Prior to 2005-06, funding totalled £170,000 per annum.

The distribution of funding for 2008-09 is yet to be determined.

£

Organisation name

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

Free Churches Group at Churches Together in England

43,000

43,000

41,225

United Synagogue Visitation Committee

43,000

43,000

41,225

The Muslim Council of Great Britain

43,000

43,000

41,225

The National Council of Vanik Associations (UK)

12,000

8,400

8,000

The Hospital Chaplaincies Council

6,500

6,800

5,000

UK Sikh Healthcare Chaplaincy Group

16,050

6,000

6,000

Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Group

5,000

4,000

4,000

National Council of Hindu Temples

13,950

1

8,000

National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s of the UK

700

1

1

Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe

1

1

25,000

The Buddhist Society

1

1

24,000

1 Denotes no bid received.

2 Allocated but not claimed.

In addition to this specific budget, the Department also supports faith groups by way of Section 64 grant funding. Since 2006-07, 19 applications were received from faith groups, of which one was funded.