The DH is seeking views from stakeholders on options for distributing additional funding to local authorities for Local Healthwatch, NHS Complaints Advocacy and PCT deprivation of liberty safeguards.

Following the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill, the DH will need to allocate funding for certain duties which will be passed from the NHS and DH to local authorities.  

The consultation is seeking views on allocation options for the following duties:  

  • Local HealthWatch signposting element;
  • NHS Complaints Advocacy; and
  • PCT Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.  

Allocation options for the Independent Mental Health Advocates will be looked at prior to the 2013 settlement.

Responses to the consultation should be received by 24 October 2001.