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Ministerial Corrections

Thursday 18 July 2013

Health

Carers: Young People

Mr Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what support his Department has made available for young carers in each year since 2010; [160567]

(2) what support his Department gives to young carers from a minority background who do not speak English as their first language. [160568]

[Official Report, 24 June 2013, Vol. 565, c. 104W.]

Letter of correction from Edward Timpson:

An error has been identified in the written answer given by the Under-Secretary of State for Education, the hon. Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Mr Timpson), to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South (Mr Hancock) on 24 June 2013.

The full answer given was as follows:

Mr Timpson: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Education.

From 2011 to 2013, the Department allocated over £1.5 million in grant funding to The Children's Society and Carers Trust to improve the support available for young carers. This followed the conclusion of a three-year funding grant to help 18 local authorities develop and test intensive family focused models of support for families with young carers as part of the young carers pathfinder programme.

The funding has enabled The Children's Society and Carers Trust to deliver regional events for practitioners in local statutory and voluntary services on designing and delivering 'whole family' approaches to support for young carers. The events include training on engaging young carers in "hard-to-reach" groups, such as those belonging to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups who have English as a second language. The training is based on learning and resources developed in partnership with the Black Carers Network and young carers from BAME communities. In February I announced the award of a new contract worth up to £1 2 million to those two organisations to continue this work for a further two years.

Additionally, the Department has worked closely with the two organisations to share evidence-based tools and good practice guidance, including an online training package for school staff which raises awareness about the issues facing young people with caring responsibilities and how it can impact on their school attendance and attainment.

The correct answer should have been:

Mr Timpson: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Education.

From 2011 to 2013, the Department allocated over £1.5 million in grant funding to The Children's Society and Carers Trust to improve the support available for

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young carers. This followed the conclusion of a three-year funding grant to help 18 local authorities develop and test intensive family focused models of support for families with young carers as part of the young carers pathfinder programme.

In February I announced the award of a new contract worth up to £1.2 million to the two organisations to continue this work for a further two years.

The funding isenabling The Children's Society and Carers Trust to deliver regional events for practitioners in local statutory and voluntary services on designing and delivering 'whole family' approaches to support for young carers. The events include training on engaging young carers in "hard-to-reach" groups, such as those belonging to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups who have English as a second language. The training is based on learning and resources developed in partnership with the Black Carers Network and young carers from BAME communities.

Additionally, the Department has worked closely with the two organisations to share evidence-based tools and good practice guidance, including an online training package for school staff which raises awareness about the issues facing young people with caring responsibilities and how it can impact on their school attendance and attainment.

Communities and Local Government

Empty Buildings

The following is the answer given by the Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the right hon. Member for Bath (Mr Foster), to the hon. Member for Edinburgh East (Sheila Gilmore) during Communities and Local Government Question Time on 8 July 2013.

Sheila Gilmore (Edinburgh East) (Lab): Further to the question from my hon. Friend the Member for Denton and Reddish (Andrew Gwynne), is not the problem that no real research was done before the introduction of the bedroom tax? The position is very different up and down the country, and in some areas it is clear that an inadvertent consequence might be more empty homes. If that proves to be the case, will the Government change their mind?

Mr Foster: I must say to the hon. Lady that clearly very detailed research was done and we had a number of pilots across the country. It would be very helpful if she would assist the House by indicating whether the Labour party, which has been so opposed to the measure, now intends to reverse it.

[Official Report, 8 July 2013, Vol. 566, c. 4.]

Letter of correction from Don Foster:

An error has been identified in the oral answer given on 8 July 2013 to the hon. Member for Edinburgh East (Sheila Gilmore).

The correct answer should have been:

Mr Foster: I must say to the hon. Lady that clearly very detailed research was done and an estimate was made of the likely impact in each region. It would be very helpful if she would assist the House by indicating whether the Labour party, which has been so opposed to the measure, now intends to reverse it.