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Elderly Persons (Accommodation)

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what proportion of people over the age of 75 years lives in (a) residential accommodation, both local authority and private, (b) long stay wards of hospitals and (c) sheltered housing;(2) what proportion of people over the state retirement age lives in (

a) residential accommodation, both local authority and

private, ( b) long-stay wards of hospitals and ( c) sheltered housing.

The proportion of people aged 75 years and over in England in residential accommodation, both local authority and private, at 31 March 1978 was 4ยท7 per cent. The information for the remaining categories cared for by the health and personal social services is not available centrally. My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for the Environment, informs me that his Department does not collect this information on sheltered housing.