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Physically-Handicapped Persons

Volume 13: debated on Monday 16 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much was spent on (a) residential care for younger physically handicapped people and (b) day care for this group in 1980–81; and how this compares with the figures for 1978–79 and 1979–80 at constant prices.

Expenditure by local authorities on day care for younger physically-handicapped people is not identified separately in financial returns to central government. Expenditure by local authorities on residential care is as follows:

£ million (at November 1980 prices)
1978–7925·1
1979–8025·6
1980–81*27·3
*Provisional

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much has been spent on aids and adaptations for the disabled in 1980–81; and how this compares with the comparable figures for 1978–79 and 1979–80 at constant prices.

Local authority expenditure returns do not categorise spending on the disabled. Total expenditure by local authorities on aids and adaptations in the three years is as follows:

£ million (at November 1980 prices)
AidsAdaptations
1978–796·34·4
1979–805·54·5
1980–81*5·1*4·2
*Provisional.