Forty children’s hospices will receive a share of the Department’s annual £10 million Children’s Hospice and Hospice-at-home grant.
The Government pledged to provide £10 million annually to support voluntary sector provision of children hospices and hospice at home care until 2015 when new funding arrangements are expected to be in place. The new funding system will be informed by pilots, announced today, which have been set up to gather evidence and test the recommendations of the Independent Palliative Care Funding Review by Tom Hughes-Hallett and Professor Sir Alan Craft which was published last July.
The children’s hospice sector has received £57 million through the grant funding since 2006, £20million in the last two years following the Government’s commitment.
The Government has increased to £10.7 million to support increased provision for children and young people in recognition of more new service providers in this area since 2008.