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Home Helps

Volume 79: debated on Monday 20 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the average hourly pay for home helps in each of the years 1974 to 1984 in Northern Ireland.

[pursuant to his reply, 17 May 1985, c. 241–242]: The figures are as follows:

YearHourly rate (at November)
Pence
197475·93
197595·88
1976102·12
1977112·38
1978121·13
1979145·83
1980165·63
1981177·13
1982190·77
1983199·48
1984209·74

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how the average hourly pay for home helps in Northern Ireland relates to the average hourly pay for (a) full-time female manual workers and (b) full-time male manual workers in each of the years 1974 to 1984.

[pursuant to his reply, 17 May 1985, c. 241–242]: The figures are as follows:

Average hourly earnings

Home helps pay

Full-time women manual workers on adult pay rates

Full-time men manual workers on adult pay rates

Pence

Pence

Pence

197475·9352·480·7
197595·8875·7107·7
1976102·1297·8130·8
1977112·38105·9142·7
1978121·13120·1159·3
1979145·83129·6179·9
1980165·63159·7220·8
1981177·13184·3246·7
1982190·77195·3264·0
1983199·48206·3280·9
1984209·74221·4294·6

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the real percentage change in the average hourly rate of pay for home helps in Northern Ireland in each of the years 1974 to 1984 measured against the retail pay index.

[pursuant to his reply, 17 May 1985, c. 241–242]: On the assumption that the hon. Member is referring to the retail price index, the figures are as follows:

Per cent.
1974
1975+0·86
1976-7·38
1977-2·61
1978-0·29
1979+2·55
1980-1·49
1981-4·51
1982+ 1·31
1983-0·22
1984+0·23

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the recent report of the joint working group on the home help service in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the future of the service.

[pursuant to his reply, 17 May 1985, c. 242]: The joint working group on the home help service in Northern Ireland recently presented its report to the Department of Health and Social Services. The group has identified the difficulties which have arisen in administering the service within the resources available and have considered alternative methods of providing help.Their main recommendation is that a grant-based scheme should be introduced for new clients and that it should operate alongside the current model scheme for existing clients. In view of the importance of the service to so many people it was considered essential to consult a wide range of interested bodies before reaching any conclusion on the analysis contained in the report or on its recommendations.In initiating this consultative process on 12 March 1985, the Department indicated that it was anxious to widen the debate and apart from listing a number of options, not all of which were drawn from the report, also invited interested organisations to suggest their own possible alternatives.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the total number of recipients of the home help service in Northern Ireland for each of the years 1974 to 1984.

[pursuant to his reply, 17 May 1985, c. 242]: The information requested is as follows:

YearNumber of recipients
1974* 10,897
1975* 13,104
197618,865
197719,982
1978*20,827
197923,308
198022,476
198126,184
198228,234
198328,023
1984N/A
* The figures for these years are incomplete.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the total expenditure, in real terms, on the home help service in Northern Ireland for each of the years 1974 to 1984.

[pursuant to his reply, 17 May 1985, c. 242]: Information covering all the costs of the home help service is not available. The information following represents expenditure on home help salaries and incidental expenses and does not include similar information on professional and clerical staff involved in the provision of the service.

Year ending 31 MarchExpenditure on the home help service £ million
19754·63
19765·52
19774·50
19784·89
19794·85
19805·10
19815·32
19825·74
19835·88
19845·88

Notes:

  • 1. Information for 1974 is not available.
  • 2. Expenditure on the service is expressed in constant terms by reference to the retail price index (1975=100).
  • asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the real cost of the home help service, in Northern Ireland, per recipient for each of the years 1974 to 1984.

    [pursuant to his reply, 17 May 1985, c. 242]: As figures for the total number of recipients of the home help service in 1974 and 1975 are incomplete, it is not possible to give this information for these years. However, between 1976 and 1983 (the last year for which figures are available), the information is as follows:

    YearCost per recipient £
    1976292·36
    1977225·24

    year

    Cost per recipient £

    1978234·59
    1979207·93
    1980226·94
    1981203·24
    1982203·51
    1983209·78

    Note:

    The cost per recipient is expressed in constant terms by reference to the retail price index (1975=100).

    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage increase there has been in (a) the total number of recipients and (b) the total real expenditure on the home help service in Northern Ireland between 1974 and 1984.

    [pursuant to his reply, 17 May 1985, c. 242]:

  • (a) As the figures for the total number of recipients of the home help service in 1974 and 1975 are incomplete, it is not possible to state an accurate percentage increase for the years requested. However, between 1976 and 1983 (the last year for which figures are available) there has been a 49 per cent, increase in the number of recipients of the service.
  • (b) Information on expenditure in 1974 is not available. Between 1975 and 1984 there has been a 27 per cent. increase in expenditure expressed in constant terms by reference to the retail price index (1975=100).