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£100 million extra for disabled children

£100 million extra for disabled children
11th December 2007

The government is to set aside £100 million for disabled children as part of its Children's Plan to be released this week.

Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children Schools and Families, was speaking to delegates at an End Child Poverty campaign event when he made the announcements.

He told Publicnet: "The public, private and voluntary sectors have a key role to play. They must come together to offer real choice for families with disabled children."

An additional £90 million will be allocated for short break services so improvements can be made to equipment and facilities to enable disabled children to take part in more activities.

Young people aged 16 and 17 from low-income families with severe disabilities will now also have access to the grants. Previously money from the Family Fund was only available for children aged under-16.

This figure adds to the £340 million allocated earlier this year in the Aiming High for Disabled Children review. This money will be made available over the next three years.

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