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Care Homes: Patients' Rights

Volume 502: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding under the Dignity in Care campaign each local authority has received; which care homes in each local authority area were awarded extra funding from this allocation to improve dignity; how much each such home received; what the funding was proposed to be used for in each case; and what monitoring was undertaken to ensure the funding was spent on the objectives of the campaign. (304244)

As part of the Dignity in Care campaign, local authorities received a £67.725 million capital grant for improving the care home environment for older people in 2007-08. Local Authority Circular (2006) 16 set out how this one-off capital grant was to be allocated and provided conditions for its use. A copy has been placed in the Library.

The grant was made available to local authorities, for distribution to homes with whom they hold a contract, and in which a majority of patients are over 65 years of age. All arrangements for publicising the grant, deciding how to allocate the money and informing applicants of the outcome were made locally.

Requests for information on homes benefiting from these grants should be made to the relevant local authorities. Detailed information is not held centrally by the Department.