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Respite Funding- Good Or Bad News?

May 24, 2010

As part of the spending cuts announced this morning, George Osborne and his team have promised an extra £20m funding for respite care, to pay for 8,000 week-long breaks for people caring for severely-disabled children.

My disability isn’t severe, so thankfully my parents have never needed such a service, but I do know people who find respite breaks very useful. However, I can also see the point being made by Jon Bartley, who tweeted earlier: Osborne’s removal of disabled children’s trust funds also against inclusion. Money to ‘respite care’ is mainly institutional/ segregated

Any thoughts, readers?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2010 1:03 pm

    I see what Jon Bartley means, but more money for respite care giving people with disabilities and their parents a break can never be a bad thing. Plus, unless I’m missing something, they’re cutting ALL children’s trust funds, not just those with disabilities? http://www.inspiremagazineuk.wordpress.com

  2. Tara Edgar permalink
    May 24, 2010 6:50 pm

    I believe Respite would be unfair to some children and lead to Parents off loading their responsibilites. Special Schools would be attracting Parents to come to their schools therefore children will be taken out of their communities to be placed in these “schools”. If the government are not biased to Special Schools then, they would put money towards children in Mainstream schools to fund their residential school trips. We have just had a bill for £720.00 for a three day school trip in France where the rest of the children had to pay for £240 and we still have to pay for 2 carers and transport for the trip. The trip will end up being in the region of £2000. How can that be fair??

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