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Nurses (Accommodation Charges)

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what were the accommodation charges for nurses in the following categories: (a) first year nurse, (b) second year nurse, (c) third year nurse, (d) enrolled nurse, (e) staff nurse II, (f) sister II on 1 April 1984 and 1 October, together with the percentage increases in each case; and if there are any plans to increase such charges.

Under an agreement between National Health Service management and the staff organisations lodging charges for nurses and midwives are set nationally each April at a level designed to reflect the full economic cost of providing the accommodation. Charges depend on the type of occupation not the grade of the occupant, although students and pupil nurses occupying the simplest type of accommodation receive an automatic abatement of 40 per cent. and the national charges may be reduced locally by up to 40 per cent. where accommodation is not up to a reasonably acceptable standard.The table shows the charges for the various grades of accommodation as from 1 April 1984 and from 1 April 1985; under the terms of the agreement charges will be revised from 1 April 1986 taking account of movements in rents and other relevant costs to October 1985.

Grade of AccommodationCharges as from 1 April '84Charges as from 1 April '85Increase 1984–85
£££Percentage
A. Bed sitting rooms with 4–6 sharing common facilities
Students and pupils463486235
Other staff771810395
B. Bed sitting rooms with 3–4 sharing common facilities920966465
C. 1 Bedroom and living room each, with 2 sharing common facilities1,3621,430685
D. 1 Bedroom self-contained flat1,9522,050985