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Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department plans to give to hospices in the next two years. (245853)

For children's services, the Department in May 2006 committed central grant funding of £27 million over three years for children’s hospice services. In 2008, this was increased by a further £20 million to continue the support for children's hospices over the comprehensive spending review period—amounting to a funding package of £47 million over the five years 2006-07 to 2010-11.

For adult services, we are making £286 million of revenue and capital funding available in the two years to 2011 to support the implementation of the End of Life Care Strategy. Most of this will be allocated to primary care trusts. The funding includes a £40 million capital grant for adult hospices in 2010-11.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) children's hospices and (b) all hospices have received from the Government in each of the last five years. (245854)

This information is not held centrally. It is for individual primary care trusts (PCTs) to decide the level of funding they allocate to end of life care services, including hospices, based on assessments of local needs and priorities. The level of funding a hospice receives is a matter for negotiation between the local PCT and the hospice.

However, the Department has made available an additional £27 million over three years to be given to hospices as grants. 36 grants were awarded in 2006, 40 more in 2007 and a further 40 in 2008.

In September 2006, the Government established a £40 million capital fund, which adult hospices were able to bid for to improve their physical environments. 146 hospices, with 191 projects, were allocated funding from the fund.