HL Deb 19 July 2001 vol 626 cc138-9WA
Baroness Barker

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much of the £900 million allocated for intermediate care over the next three years has been allocated:

  1. (a) to the National Health Service for this year; and
  2. (b) to social services departments for this year; and [HL336]

Why the proposed budget allocation for intermediate care services makes no specific grant for social services; and [HL337]

Whether any of the £900 million allocated for intermediate care has been included in the Promoting Independence Grant to local authorities which is earmarked for developing services which have similar aims to intermediate care; and [HL338]

If the money for intermediate care has not been included in the Promoting Independence Grant, what was the rationale for keeping it separate; and [HL339]

Whether money in the Promoting Independence Grant can be used for services that are designated as intermediate care services; and [HL340]

For each local authority, what notional allocations have been made in respect of intermediate care and related services. [HL.341]

The parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath)

Details of the funding of intermediate care and community equipment services were set out in a joint health service and local authority circular (HSC 2001/001—LAC (2001)1)Intermediate Care, issued on 19 January 2001. The circular refers to the personal social services grants, including the Promoting Independence Grant, which will play a particular part in funding services which deliver or support intermediate care. A copy has been placed in the Library.