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Supporting People Programme: Learning Disability

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to her answers of 2 April 2008, Official Report, column 1902W, on supporting people programme: learning disability, and 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1306W, on learning disability: adults, what proportion of the supporting people budget has been allocated to people with learning disabilities in each of the last five years. (257502)

The Supporting People programme is administered at the local level by the relevant administering authority. It is for the authority to decide which services to fund, informed by the local needs and priorities identified in their five year Supporting People Strategies. The following table sets out the amount spent on Supporting People services for people with a learning disability, as reported to the Department by administering authorities. It will not identify all funding spent on people with a learning disability who access Supporting People services: some may have a different service classification (for example, people with a learning disability may access support from Supporting People services that help them move on from domestic violence or homelessness).

Spend reported on services for people with a learning disability (£)

Proportion of the total reported spend (percentage)

2003-04

426,362,116

23.5

2004-05

396,596,732

23.4

2005-06

388,760,777

23.1

2006-07

367,435,288

22.4

2007-08

346,626,291

21.3