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Carers

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 12:35 pm on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (the East Midlands), Regional Affairs, Minister of State (the East Midlands), Department of Health 12:35 pm, 11th June 2009

I am grateful for that clarification.

I shall move on to respite care, because we know that caring for someone can be hard. Six out of 10 carers say that the biggest thing that we can do to help them is to give them a break. That message was repeated by the carers whom I met at Centre 404 in Islington yesterday. Since we introduced the carers grant in 1999, more than £1 billion has been provided to councils to do just that. The grant is worth £240 million this year and will increase to £256 million next year. It includes £25 million a year for councils to respond immediately to carers who are in a crisis and can no longer care for their loved one. Encouraging the national health service to recognise that support for carers is as much an issue for it as it is for local councils and social care, so we have allocated an additional £150 million to primary care trusts between 2009 and 2011 to work with their local authority partners to provide personalised breaks for carers.

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Rosemary
Posted on 13 Jun 2009 10:25 am (Report this annotation)

"""""so we have allocated an additional £150 million to primary care trusts between 2009 and 2011 to work with their local authority partners to provide personalised breaks for carers.""""


Several carers have been contacting their own PCTs’ .....

1 . “”””Your request for information has now been considered. However unfortunately we do not hold the information. To date the Trust cannot identify this allocation. Until it has done so, plans for the utilisation of the funding cannot be completed.

I apologise that your request cannot be met but if you have any further information needs in the future then please contact me. ”””””


This was taken from Oxford paper..

2. “”””New figures from The Princess Royal Trust for Carers indicate Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) was given a £519,143 slice of a £150m Government pot for carers services for the financial year 2009-2010.
The money was earmarked to pay for respite care — where carers could take a breather knowing the person they cared for was being looked after.

Carers can apply for the funding at their GPs surgeries.

However, the PCT has admitted it has allocated just £250,000 for carers services this year — half the amount it received from the Government.

A carers group, the local MP and a charity have all called for answers as to where the rest of the Government funding has gone.

But on Tuesday, the PCT could not confirm why the two figures were different. “””””””



Some PCTs’ to date have failed to reply to requests for information.

£150m sounds like a lot of money.The govt are ‘seen’ to be helping carers.In reality it is just not happening.