CAFCASS: Finance

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) what the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service's budget was in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and what budget is planned for 2010-11;

(2) whether the Children and Families Courts Advisory and Support Service expects to overspend on its budget for 2009-10.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him and my hon. Friend Kelvin Hopkins on 12 November 2009, Hansard, columns 970-971W. Since then, the Department has allocated CAFCASS an additional £400,000 to commission Family Contact Services in 2009-2010.

The exact level of CAFCASS's total funding for 2010-11 will be finalised in the context of discussions about CAFCASS's remit in 2010-11. The Department will continue to work closely with CAFCASS to monitor financial pressures.

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