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Carers' Grant

  • Last modified date:
    6 August 2009

The Government recognises that caring can have a negative impact on a person’s health and well-being. This is why it introduced the Carers' Grant in 1999 to help councils to provide breaks and services for carers in England.

Carers' Grant details and guidance

We introduced the Carers' Grant in 1999 in recognition of the support carers need for breaks and services. The grant is worth £240m in 2009-10, rising from £224m in 2008-09 and includes £25m which councils can use to provide emergency cover for carers. Since 2008, the Grant is be paid to councils as part of the Area Based Grant.  Details of allocations can be found in LASSL 2007(2).

This continued funding means that, up to March 2009, we  have invested over £1.2 billion which councils can use to support carers. The grant is set to continue throughout the next spending review period.

Flexibility and performance management of local councils

The Carers' Grant is no longer ring fenced though it does remain targeted. This is part of an overall government initiative to support councils’ needs for the flexibility and freedom to focus on their key targets.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) ensures that carers’ support is sustainable by monitoring the performance of the councils.

Local authorities' use of Carers' Grant

This is the report of a study undertaken by the University of Leeds and commissioned by the Department of Health that aimed to get a better understanding of how local authorities in England spent their Carers' Grant allocations between 2005 and 2007 and how it enabled them to improve support for carers in their area.

Additional links

Data on support for carers (opens new window)

The NHS Information Centre provides data on support provided to carers by councils.

Regional factsheets

DH has commissioned the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE) at Leeds University to produce a set of 9 regional factsheets on carers. These factsheets include data on the number and characteristics of carers in each region as well as information about carer health and well-being.

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