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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:12 pm on 21st December 2010.

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Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 2:12 pm, 21st December 2010

Can the Under-Secretary say more about what will happen if PCTs do not spend the money on carers' breaks? The Minister of State, Department of Health, Paul Burstow, who is responsible for social care, campaigned in the House when the Labour Government had a similar problem. As I said earlier, the problem is that, according to a survey, only a quarter of the money had been spent on carers' breaks. It is fine to allocate it, but the trouble is getting the PCTs to spend it.

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Simone Farrugia Meiszner
Posted on 28 Dec 2010 1:49 am (Report this annotation)

There are also other reasons why a carer does not take a break as in my case. My daughter wanted to mix with non disabled rather then be labelled as disabled. She also found because she had a milder disability so she did not want to go for respite. Finally having turner syndrome which I did not know for 21 years. She always complained of the level of noise. So in fact for 23 years I have not had a break........from a carer.