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Carers: Birmingham

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been received in Birmingham (a) to enable breaks for carers and (b) from the New Deal for Carers programme in each year since 1997. (321570)

The Government introduced the Carers’ Grant in 1999 in recognition of the support carers need for breaks and other services.

The amount of funding that Birmingham has received from the Carers’ Grant to support carers, including breaks, is in the following table.

Financial year

Amount of grant (£ million )

1999-2000

0.45

2000-01

1.22

2001-02

1.70

2002-03

2.05

2003-04

2.57

2004-05

3.20

2005-06

4.70

2006-07

4.79

2007-08

4.83

2008-09

5.88

2009-10

6.27

2010-11

6.64

“Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services”, published in January 2006 (a copy of which has been placed in the Library), offered a new deal for carers through a range of measures, including a commitment to update the 1999 Carers’ Strategy.

The revised strategy, published in 2008, commits £255 million over the current spending review period, 2008-11, to improve support for carers. This includes £50 million in 2009-10 and £100 million in 2010-11 which is being given to primary care trusts (PCTs) within their baseline allocations to provide breaks for carers. It is for PCTs to decide their priorities for investment locally, taking into account their local circumstances and priorities set out in the NHS Operating Framework.

The new deal for carers also included a commitment to provide training for carers. Through the Caring with Confidence programme, £150,000 will have been spent on training carers in Birmingham by 31 March 2010.