To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of his Department's Preventative Technology Grant (a) was spent on telecare in 2006-07 and (b) he estimates will be spent on telecare in 2007-08; whether he plans to extend the Preventative Technology Grant into the 2008-09 financial year; and if he will make a statement.
The funding provided by the Preventative Technology Grant was not ring-fenced. However, analysis by the Commission for Social Care Inspection of the overall spend on telecare by the 150 social care authorities indicates that in 2006-07 £48 million was spent on telecare; and that £84 million is projected to be spent in 2007-08. These figures cover all funding sources not only the Preventative Technology Grant.
The Preventative Technology Grant covers the years 2006-08. Local authorities are permitted to carry-over any unspent funding into 2008-09 subject to any local requirements.