To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) criteria and (b) assessment process is for awarding the additional £400 million available to the NHS from 2011 to 2015 to provide carers with breaks from their caring to sustain their role; and when that funding will be made available within that period.
The funding has been made available in primary care trust (PCT) baseline allocations since April 2011. It has been a matter for PCTs to manage their budgets and make decisions about how best to meet the health needs of their local population.
From 2013-14, the allocation of resources to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be a matter for the NHS Commissioning Board. As set out in the mandate to the Board, the Government expects the principle of ensuring equal access for equal need to be at the heart of the Board's approach to allocating budgets.
It will be for CCGs to decide spending on carers breaks in line with the requirements of the mandate.