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INCREASE IN AIDS SUPPORT GRANT FOR ENGLISH COUNCILS ANNOUNCED

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The AIDS Support Grant to local authorities will go up by almost 12 ...
The AIDS Support Grant to local authorities will go up by almost 12

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

Jowell said:

'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.'

Notes

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

families.

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.

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