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Short Breaks Consultation Implementation Phase

The Council’s funding from central government has been reduced by over £350 million in the last 7 years, with further reductions planned.  Consequently the Council now has to review many of our services which we had previously protected. We need to decide how to best provide services in a different and more cost effective way.


Our goal remains to continue to deliver short break and respite services, to support parent/carers and offer services which will improve the experiences and opportunities for disabled children and young people in a sustainable manner.


We ran a survey for parents and carers of disabled children.  This was primarily online using Citizen Space, and paper copies were sent via post to existing service users from 2016 to present day, where we had sufficient contact details.  Paper copies of the questionnaire were also available on request.


Using the results from the consultation and data on service usage for the past 3 years, we assessed the original proposals for impact and feasibility.


Proposals are:


1.         Eligibility for the Short Breaks Grant would stop on a young person’s 18th birthday

2.         To change the offer of the short break grant

a.         Families who take the grant could not access other short break or respite services as well

b.         Introduce family income as an eligibility criteria

3.         Parents would be asked to pay the cost of the club/activity for universal clubs, the same as parents of non-disabled children and young people

4.         Parents would be asked to pay a contribution of £7 toward the cost of the activity for specialist/contracted clubs

5.         To explore the possibility of developing a facility in the city for 16-25 year olds.


We are at the stage now where we are able to implement proposals.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure/savings > £500,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 11/06/2018

Scrutiny Committee: Children, Young People and Family Support Scrutiny Committee;

Decision due: Not before 9 Jul 2018 by Cabinet Member for Children and Families

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Children and Families

Lead director: Executive Director, People Services

Department: People Services

Contact: Sam Martin Email: Tel: 0114 2296140.

Date agenda documents available: TBC


  • Report of the Executive Director, People Services