asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many home helps were employed by local authorities in 1980–81; what are the comparable figures for 1978–79 and 1979–80; and what were the numbers of those aged over 75 years for each of these years.
Information concerning home helps employed by local authorities in England, and persons aged 75 years or over assisted by them, is shown in the following table:
|Year*||Home helps (thousands)||Cases aged 75 years and over (thousands)|
* The information on home helps relates to 30 September of the year indicated, while the comparable number of cases relates to the 12 months period ending on the 31 March in the following year. The age breakdown of home helps is not collected centrally.
† Whole-time equivalents.
‡ Not available.