§ Mr. Llwyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the independent living fund transitional giant money has been spent in each local authority; how many people have received services under this money; what is the average cost of services to each individual; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Bowis
Some £26.8 million was included in this year's special transitional grant to English local authorities as a consequence of changes to independent living fund arrangements. It will rise to £64.1 million next year. Authorities are free to use this money to provide such services as they consider best to meet local needs. They are not required to account for services provided from this money separately from services provided from other resources. The figures for Wales are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.