Council grant to send kids away

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Nottinghamshire County Council has been awarded a grant of £1,090,313 to spend on short breaks for disabled children over the next year.

Some of the ring-fenced Government grant will be spent on completing existing short break projects, some of it will support a project in Edwinstowe and the rest will be offered to short break providers, activity centres, and play, youth and sports groups across the county.

The money will be allocated by a panel of people including disabled children and parents of disabled children.

Cllr Philip Owen, cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “This is excellent news for Nottinghamshire. We have the second highest grant awarded to any local authority in the country as a result of the Government’s confidence in our ability to deliver.

“This will enable parents and carers of disabled children to have a well deserved short break from their caring responsibilities.”