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Disabled: Respite Care

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to paragraph 3.11 of the Carers at the heart of 21st-century families and communities report, how much of the £150 million funding for breaks for carers of disabled children will be provided by his Department over each of the next two years. (220301)

The £150 million mentioned in the report is to be provided by the Department of Health and paid to primary care trusts. Non of the £150 million referenced in paragraph 3.11 of that report will therefore come from the DCSF.

The DCSF is however providing £359 million to local authorities over the 2008-11 period to grow short break provision for disabled children. Funding allocations to local authorities can be viewed at:

www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/ahdc