To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) grants and (b) other funding made available for (i) joint working between central and local government and (ii) local government-led services will be affected by his Department's planned spending reductions; and if he will make a statement.
With regards to local government grants, no Department of Health grants for adult social care will be reduced in 2010-11. So, in 2010-11, the Department will fund over £1.4 billion of grants to local government for adult social care, as planned.
The Department for Communities and Local Government will shortly be announcing the Government's detailed proposals for local authorities.
With regards to other funding made available for joint working between central and local government, health funding is protected from the £6.2 billion of cross Government spending reductions announced recently. Efficiency savings identified in 2010-11, for example from programme budgets which are not consistent with the Government's priorities, will help ensure we protect front line services.