Funding for learning difficulties services announced

    Stephen Ladyman announced yesterday that services for people
    with learning difficulties are set to receive over £41 million
    in funding, writes Clare Jerrom.

     
    Stephen Ladyman

    The funding has been allocated to primary care trusts to provide
    services through the Learning Disabilities Development Fund. The
    Fund ensures that money which would have been used to support
    residents in long-stay hospitals under previous regimes is now used
    to ensure the aims set out in the White Paper Valuing People are
    met.

    “By doubling the amount of money given to primary care
    trusts, I hope to ensure that existing areas of work will continue
    to be priorities for health and social care services in addition to
    the three new areas which will extend the reach of Valuing
    People,” the community care minister said.

    The three additional priorities for 2005-6 are:-

    • day services modernisation

    • redevelopment of the residential services developed by the
    NHS as a result of the contraction or closure of NHD
    hospitals

    • support for people with learning difficulties from black
    and minority ethnic communities.

    Priority areas earmarked for funding in previous years have been
    advocacy, person-centred planning and developing and supporting
    leadership.

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