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Local Involvement Networks

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 25 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available to local involvement networks in Stoke-on-Trent; and what assessment has been made of their effectiveness. (281828)

The allocation for 2008-09 made to the local authority for the Stoke-on-Trent local involvement network (LINk) was £0.61 million.

The legal duty to ensure LINk activities are carried on rests with local authorities. It is their responsibility to make sure that the contract with the host organisation provides that the support given to the LINk ensures the LINk is as effective as possible.

Each year LINks must produce an annual report setting out what they have achieved, the activities they have undertaken, the money they have spent on their activities and the impact they have had. Reports have to be completed by 30 June and must be made publicly available. Copies have to be sent to the Department and these will be analysed to see what, if any, additional national support would be appropriate.