HC Deb 21 January 2003 vol 398 cc274-5W
Virginia Bottomley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial support his Department has provided for Cruse Bereavement Care; and what assessment he has made of their contribution to the alleviation of mental ill health. [92043]

Jacqui Smith

The Department has provided Cruse Bereavement Care with funding over a number of years under the Section 64 General Scheme of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968. Details of current projects and funding are:

Projects Funding
Quality care in bereavement £180,000 over 3 years from 199911
Bereavement care—improving access £176,000 over 3 years from 2000
Promoting bereavement awareness £90,000 over 3 years from 2001
Service delivery plan to meet client need £150,000 over 3 years from 2002
1Project completion now 2003

The Government recognise that to deliver a modern, dependable health and social care service, the voluntary sector has a crucial role to play in helping service users cope with their mental health problems. We appreciate and value the very good work being done by voluntary organisations such as Cruse.