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Respite Care: Finance

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 102222, tabled on 12 October 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the ability of local authorities to fund short break services to provide respite for disabled children and their families.

Answered on

20 October 2020

We recognise the pressures that the pandemic has placed on local authority finances, and are monitoring this closely through monthly financial returns.

We are providing local authorities with an unprecedented package of support, including £3.7 billion of unringfenced grants. Local councils can use this funding to respond to pressures in their local area, including for respite services for disabled children and their families.

In addition the Prime Minister has announced a further £1 billion of funding for local authorities, details of which will be announced shortly.

Answered by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government