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Old People

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 10 May 1977

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53.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement as to the comparative cost of keeping an old person in local authority residential accommodation and of keeping an old person in accommodation run by voluntary organisations.

The average weekly cost of maintaining a resident in local authority accommodation in 1975–76 was £30 exclusive of charges to residents which were about £13. Comparable information for the voluntary sector is not known. Payments for persons sponsored by local authorities in voluntary homes are the subject of individual negotiation.