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Health Services: Finance

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding (a) the Department for Communities and Local Government and (b) local authorities will be expected to provide towards the proposed new regime of free care for the elderly. (292741)

The commitment to offer free personal care at home to those with the highest needs is expected to cost up to £670 million per full year. The Government, through the Department of Health, will provide the bulk of this funding (an estimated £420 million per full year) for this historic first step towards a national care service. However, it is right that councils play their part alongside central Government. The remainder of the funding will come from efficiencies in local government which has already delivered £1.764 billion in 2008-09, is due to have delivered at least £3.2 billion by the end of 2009-10, with a target to deliver £5.5 billion over the comprehensive spending review period.