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Respite Care

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve co-operation between primary care trusts and local authorities in planning, commissioning and funding short break services. (283058)

The NHS Operating Framework 2009-10 states that primary care trusts (PCTs) should work with their local authority partners and publish joint plans on how their combined funding will support breaks for carers, including short breaks, in a personalised way. PCTs are therefore aware of this additional funding and it is for PCTs to decide how to use this funding in the light of local priorities. Local authorities and PCTs are accountable to their local communities and it is for them to find appropriate ways to work together to support carers.