Family Courts

Education written question – answered on 14th July 2014.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department has provided to the Family Drug and Alcohol Court to date; and what his future funding plans are for the Family Drug and Alcohol Court.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) received cross-government funding from the Department for Education, the Department of Health and the Ministry of Justice over four years (2008-10) to support its early pilot development. The Department for Education's contribution to this contract was £450,000.

The Department also gave additional funding (2010-12) of £150,000 each year to develop both a financial sustainability model for the future and a blueprint for the roll-out of other FDAC pilots in other areas.

The Department is currently funding The Tavistock and Portman £150,000 in 2013-14 and 2014-15 to continue the development and roll-out of the FDAC model. This money will be to enable FDAC to be developed further to be consistent with the revised Public Law Outline (PLO) 26-week time limit which came into force through the Children and Families Act 2014.

No decisions have been taken about future funding beyond 2015.

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