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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20315: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many respite care breaks have been provided to carers in each year since 1999.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 13 December 2018

The last respite publication ( Respite Care Scotland 2015 ) provides data from 2007-08 until 2014-15 on the number of weeks of respite provided or purchased by local authorities in Scotland. The data does not measure the number of carers provided with a break. Figures from before 2007-08 are unavailable.

The new Carers Census will collect data from local health and social care partnerships and carers centres, including data about the number of short breaks provided to carers under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016. Data for the first 6 months after the Act came into force is due to be returned by 14 December. That data will undergo quality assurance checking and analysis. Publication is likely to be in spring 2019.

In addition to short breaks and respite provided by local authorities, the Scottish Government has funded non-statutory short breaks for carers since 2010. Over £26 million has been provided to the voluntary-sector Short Breaks Fund between 2010-11-2018-19.

79,096 short breaks were provided through the Short Breaks Fund between 2010-11 and 2017-18. This is the number of breaks funded so there may be more than one carer benefiting from each break. Please see the breakdown below for each year and fund. Figures for year 2018-2019 are not yet available.

Number of short breaks provided by voluntary-sector Short Breaks Funds

Year

Shared Care Scotland:
Better Breaks,
Creative Breaks,
Time to Live

Family Fund:
Take a Break

 

Total Breaks
Per Year

 

2010-11

2,599

0

2,599

2011-12

3,804

1,236

5,040

2012-13

6,335

1,440

7,775

2013-14

9,844

1,620

11,464

2014-15

11,913

1,839

13,752

2015-16

11,637

1,519

13,156

2016-17

9,977

1,751

11,728

2017-18

11,552

2,030

13,582

Total breaks per
fund

67,661

11,435

79,096