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Child Care Costs

Volume 887: debated on Friday 7 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average cost to a local authority of keeping a child in care.

The average cost in 1973–74 was about £18·50 per week. This includes debt charges in respect of residential accommodation but excludes the costs of administration and field work by social workers which cannot be apportioned to individual services.