per cent next year to£15.5m, Tessa Jowell, minister for public health, has announced.
Speaking at a conference organised by the department of health as
part of its developmental work on the planned HIV/AIDS strategy, Ms
'There is a continuing need for social care in the community for
people with HIV and AIDS with some local authorities facing
particular challenges regarding children and families. I am
therefore pleased to announce that the AIDS Support Grant will go up
by£1.8m - a real terms increase of almost 12 per cent - next
year, bringing the 1999/2000 total up to£15.5m.'
1. The government allocates more than£228m annually to
health authorities in England for the treatment and care of people
with HIV and AIDS.
2. The AIDS Support Grant (ASG) was introduced in 1989/90 to
encourage local authorities to develop strategic plans to respond to
HIV infection and to develop operational plans for the provision of
services to meet the needs of those infected, their partners and
3. £15.5m is being made available next year to local
authorities as a contribution towards the cost of community care
services for people with severe HIV and AIDS. The planning figures
for 2000/01 and 2001/02 are£16m and£16.5m respectively. The ASG will continue to contribute to local authorities' expenditure on community care services to meet the needs of those infected, their partners and families. Resources will continue to be targeted on areas of greatest need.