Sports: Disabled People

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been allocated to support (a) sports for disabled people and (b) disabled athletes from (i) the National Lottery and (ii) his Department as grant-in-aid in each year since 1997.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

Funding in support of sports for disabled people, and for disabled athletes is provided by Sport England and UK Sport. Sport England and UK Sport have advised that detailed breakdowns of funding for individual athletes could be provided only at disproportionate cost, but they have provided figures for overall grants in each year since 1997 as follows:

Sport England

National lottery funding for disability sports since 1997
Financial year Sport Total (£)
1997-98 Disability sports 2,529,705
1998-99 Disability sports 1,356,236
1999-2000 Disability sports 6,570,802
2000-01 Disability sports 1,821,324
2001-02 Disability sports 7,096,401
2002-03 Disability sports 726,763
2003-04 Disability sports 5,405,069
2004-05 Disability sports 1,735,983
2005-06 Disability sports 343,254
2006-07 Disability sports 70,409
2007-08 Disability sports 636,903
2008-09 Disability sports—Playground to Podium 4,516,781
Grand total 32,809,630

Exchequer funding for disability sports since 1997 is as follows:

Financial year Organisation Total (£)
1997-98 English Federation of Disability Sport (1)
1998-99 English Federation of Disability Sport (1)
1999-2000 English Federation of Disability Sport (1)
2000-01 English Federation of Disability Sport (1)
2001-02 English Federation of Disability Sport (1)
2002-03 English Federation of Disability Sport 1,050,000
Panathlon Foundation 243,000
2003-04 English Federation of Disability Sport 1,050,000
Panathlon Foundation 12,000
2004-05 English Federation of Disability Sport 1,050,000
Panathlon Foundation 10,000
National Council for School Sport 10,000
London Sports Forum for Disabled People 2,000
2005-06 English Federation of Disability Sport 1,010,333
2006-07 English Federation of Disability Sport 951,066
English Federation of Disability Sport 476,033
2007-08 English Federation of Disability Sport 1,100,000
Grand total 6,964,432
(1) No records

UK Sport

Paralympic funding
Lottery Exchequer
National governing body Athletes personal award National governing body Total (£)
1997-98 222,000 487,000 0 709,000
1998-99 839,000 1,500,000 0 2,339,000
1999-2000 1,592,000 1,870,000 0 3,462,000
2000-01 1,689,000 1,862,000 0 3,551,000
2001-02 2,094,000 1,532,000 26,000 3,652,000
2002-03 2,182,000 1,566,000 50,000 3,798,000
2003-04 2,278,000 1,562,000 40,000 3,880,000
2004-05 2,356,000 1,681,000 40,000 4,077,000
2005-06 3,041,000 1,239,000 329,000 4,609,000
2006-07 3,612,000 1,793,000 1,226,000 6,631,000
2007-08 2,610,000 2,319,000 3,075,000 8,004,000
Total 22,515,000 17,411,000 4,786,000 44,712,000

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