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House of Commons Hansard
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Respite Care: Finance
23 March 2010
Volume 508

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms he plans to put in place to hold primary care trusts to account for their spending on carers' breaks. [323919]

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Primary care trusts (PCTs) have flexibility to decide how much to invest on individual priorities in the light of their local circumstances and the NHS operating framework priorities.

Departmental officials have written to strategic health authorities (SHAs) asking them to identify where PCTs have agreed with their local authority to prioritise carers' support for the current year and those that are likely to prioritise it for the next year. Responses have started coming in from SHAs and officials are following up with those who have yet to respond. The replies received so far indicate that a number of PCTs have identified carers as a local priority, are increasing their level of investment and are planning and working jointly with their local authority partners to support carers. The need for further intervention will be determined once all responses have been analysed.