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Respite Care: Milton Keynes

Volume 507: debated on Thursday 11 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the amount of funding received by Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust as a result of the additional funding for respite care announced on 10 March 2008 in each month to date; and under what budgetary heading such funding has been spent. (321604)

The data are not held centrally.

£150 million is being given to primary care trusts (PCTs) within their baseline allocations to provide breaks for carers. The Department does not break down PCT revenue allocations by policies at either a national or a local level and there is no weighted capitation formula specific to carers that would allow needs to be accurately identified at the local level. It is therefore for PCTs to decide their priorities for investment locally, taking into account their local circumstances and priorities set out in the NHS Operating Framework.