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Children: Disabled

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding streams he plans to include in the individual budgets for disabled children in the forthcoming pilots; and if he will make a statement. (247736)

We envisage that the majority of the funding supporting individual budgets in the pilot areas will be sourced from local budgets available to the Director of Children's Services and PCT managers rather than specific grants from DCSF. Determination of these budgets will be a local matter for both local authorities and partnering PCTs. There are however some local authority grants from Government which pilot areas may wish to incorporate. We will indicate in guidance to pathfinder areas that we would like them to explore how the Area Based Grant and the Aiming High for Disabled Children block within the Sure Start Early Years and Childcare Grant can be utilised within individual budgets. Further funding streams may also be indicated at a later date.