Council agrees £2m for carers' respite breaks across Hampshire

CARERS of disabled children and young people will benefit from a £2m pot of cash for respite.

Thursday, 24th March 2016, 6:06 am

The Hampshire County Council grants to will pay for short breaks for children across the county giving their carers much-needed rest.

Funding for respite breaks was under threat two years ago until a campaign by parents saved it until at least 2017.

Councillor Keith Mans, member for children’s services, said: ‘I fully understand how essential it is for carers of children who have a disability to be able to take a regular break from their caring responsibilities so that they are able to have some time for themselves and to an extent recharge their batteries.

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‘This enables them to cope better with the additional pressures that being a parent or carer of a child with a disability can bring.

‘The funding I have agreed will enable a variety of short breaks to be available across Hampshire, offering children and young people, and their carers, a good range of choice.’