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Carers: Support Breaks

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Bradley Lord Bradley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance has been issued to primary care trusts in England regarding the allocation and distribution of the fund to support breaks for carers.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

On 16 November 2011, we announced additional funding of £400 million to the National Health Service over the next four years to support carers to take breaks from their caring responsibilities in the way a carer chooses.

The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2011-12 said:

"The Spending review has made available additional funding in primary care trust (PCT) baselines to support the provision of breaks for carers. PCTs should pool budgets with local authorities to provide carers' breaks, as far as possible, via direct payments or personal health budgets. For 2011-12, PCTs should agree policies, plans and budgets to support carers with local authorities and local carers' organisations, and make them available to local people".

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