New survey of PCT support for carers
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care are surveying PCT services for carers, and particularly provision of breaks for carers by PCTs that was announced in the National Carers' Strategy, June 2008.
The National Carers’ Strategy announced £150m would be given to Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) over the next two financial years (2009-10, 2010-2011) to provide breaks for carers.
Although this is new money, the £150m will be given to PCTs as part of their overall total allocation and PCTs will not be advised how much of the £150m each is getting. So the money being given to PCTs is not ring-fenced and is given as part of their total allocation.
To estimate how much each PCT is receiving of the £150m, it is possible to use the same percentage of the £150m as their total allocation is as a percentage of the total given to all PCTs. So, if a PCT gets 1% of the total given to all PCTs they will get 1% of the £150m. Below is a table outlining the amounts for each PCT.
Although the breaks for carers funding is not ring-fenced, the The NHS Operating Framework for 2010/11 does specify that carers would benefit from additional support such as breaks and should be recognised as expert partners in care (para 2.48). The National Carers’ Strategy also requested that PCTs produce plan in conjunction with carers, third sector organisations and local authorities to provide support for carers.
For more information, contact Emma Smale, Senior Policy & Parliamentary Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07900 335175.