Date lodged: 13 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what funding it makes available to charities seeking to offer respite care to children with long-term, often terminal illnesses and their families.
Answered by: Shona Robison 26 September 2016
Scottish Government provides funding to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) through the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund. In 2016-17 CHAS has been awarded £136,300.
Between 2010 and 2016 the Scottish Government invested over £17 million towards the voluntary-run Short Breaks Fund. A further £3 million is committed in 2016-17. This fund includes the Better Breaks and Take a Break programmes, providing responsive and creative short break opportunities and personalised leisure activities for disabled children, young people and their families.