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Aiming High for Disabled Children's Short Breaks grant allocations

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kevinkelleher
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Aiming High for Disabled Children's Short Breaks grant allocations
Posted on: February 23 2010, 02:46 pm

Attached is a breakdown of our announced Aiming High for Disabled Children's Short Breaks grant allocations (both revenue and capital) to English local authorities for the period 2008-09 - 2010-11.
 
The Government is committed to helping to transform and improve services and support available to disabled children and young people, and their families through the major investment being provided through its AHDC programme.

AHDC is a major transformation programme that is being delivered jointly by DCSF and DH following on from the publication of the AHDC report, ‘Better Support for Families’ in May 2007.

Under AHDC the Government is investing over three-quarters of a billion pounds in services for disabled children and their families over the current spending review period of 2008-2011. This includes:

·        £340m revenue funding by DCSF

·        £340m from DH confirmed in Primary Care Trust (PCT) NHS allocations through ‘Healthy Lives, Brighter Futures’. £310m is specifically for key priority areas of: short breaks, community equipment and wheelchair services for disabled children and young people. The remaining £30m being for children’s palliative and end-of-life care.

Within DCSF £340m revenue funding:

·        £280m is for short breaks;

·        £19m for the Transition Support Programme;

·        £35m for Childcare Accessibility Project;

·        £5m for parent participation, and

·        Around £1.5m for other activities, including individual budget pilots.

Within its Children’s Plan DCSF also announced:

·        £90m capital funds for short breaks services, and

·        £8.4m additional funding for the Family Fund Trust to extend grants to disabled 16 & 17 year olds.

Through a range of measures we are looking to bring about whole system improvement so as to better meet the needs of disabled children, young people and their families, so that they can enjoy and benefit from the things that other people may take for granted.

The effective use of the available AHDC funding is being assisted and monitored by Together for Disabled Children (TDC) field force to provide front line support and capacity building for local authorities and PCTs.

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