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Forty children’s hospices to benefit from grant

The government has pledged to provide £10m for voluntary sector provision of children hospices.

Forty children’s hospices will receive a share of the Health Department’s annual £10m Children’s Hospice and Hospice-at-home grant.

The government pledged to provide £10m 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 newfunding system will be informed by pilots, announced this week, 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 lastJuly.

The children’s hospice sector has received £57m through the grant funding since 2006, £20m in the last two years following the government’s commitment.

The Government has increased to £10.7m to support increased provision for children and young people in recognition of more new service providers in this area since 2008.