Autism and Learning Disability: Community Care

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 25 October 2023.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland Conservative, South Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2023 to Question 183773 on Autism and Learning Disability: Community Care, what analysis his Department undertook to identify the £121 million of funding allocation for the Building the right support programme in the 2023-24 financial year; and what estimate he has made of funding requirements for subsequent financial years.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)

The £121 million of funding to improve community support for people with a learning disability and autistic people forms part of the wider NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) funding. The £121m allocation in 2023/24 was determined based upon consideration of the following:

  • NHS England priorities for people with a learning disability and autistic people as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan published 2019; and
  • Ensuring that national investment supported all the priorities within the agreed national programme allocation for 2023/24.

Additionally, the following table shows a distribution to integrated care boards on a ‘fair shares’ basis, in line with the LTP trajectory for the learning disability and autism programme, increasing year on year up to the end of the LTP funding cycle:

Financial Year

2020/21 (£)

2021/22 (£)

2022/23 (£)

2023/24 (£)

Community/CYP Keyworkers















Note: HOPE(S) is a training model commissioned by NHS England, which aims to embed good practice across inpatient services and reduce the use of long-term segregation and restrictive practices for people with a learning disability and autistic people.

Funding for 2024/25 will be confirmed in due course.

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