To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received that local authority social services provision (a) as a whole and (b) other than those which have been specifically targeted for priority increased provision by his Department, have been disproportionately affected in London; and if he will make a statement.
The Department receives many representations from various sources and in various forms about the level of funding for social services in London and elsewhere.
Between 1996–97 and 2001–02 total provision made available by the Government for social services in London has increased by 28 per cent., including a 24 per cent. increase in the personal social services standard spending assessment. These substantial increases in provision demonstrate our commitment to London's social services.