Public Places: Guide Dogs

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department provides funding to make public places guide dog friendly.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Whilst we do not have any specific funding for guide dog friendly places, the National Planning Policy Framework expects planning policies and decisions to create places that are safe, inclusive and accessible, including designing for the needs of people with assistance dogs.

Local authority spending priorities are ultimately a matter for local discretion. The 2019-20 provisional settlement confirms that Core Spending Power is forecast to increase from £45.1 billion in 2018-19 to £46.4 billion in 2019-20, a cash-increase of 2.8 per cent and a real-terms increase in resources available to local authorities.

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