HL Deb 07 December 1994 vol 559 cc94-5WA
Lord Holme of Cheltenham

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the rules on the use of grants from the Housing Corporation by housing associations are intended to deny the provision of respite care when such care is available.

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Viscount Ullswater)

The funding of respite care is not the responsibility of the Housing Corporation. This is a matter for social service authorities and it is for them to decide the best way of meeting individual needs. The Government has provided an extra £20 million in community care funding for respite and home care services this year, rising to £30 million next year.