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Camberwell Resettlement Unit

Volume 129: debated on Tuesday 15 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many direct access beds have been provided to replace the provision previously made at the Camberwell resettlement unit;(2) if all the replacement units funded under the Camberwell replacement scheme are still in existence and providing the original number of beds;(3) if he will itemise the type and extent of alternative provision funded under the Camberwell replacement scheme.

The Camberwell replacement scheme will provide a total of 929 beds, of which 108 will be situated in three hostels designed to cater for emergency admissions off the street (direct access). A further 221 second stage beds will provide a high level of care and the remaining 600 beds will cater for those needing lower levels of care.The 108 direct access beds to be provided by three London boroughs are not yet open. When the Camberwell resettlement unit closed in 1985, 184 beds in the Department's resettlement units were designated "direct access" to serve as an immediate replacement.Up to 31 December 1987, 622 beds had been provided under the Camberwell replacement scheme and all of them are still open.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the cost of running the Camberwell resettlement unit in the last three years of its existence; and what has been the cost of the replacement provision in each financial year so far.

The cost of running the Camberwell resettlement unit in the last three years of its existence was:

£ million
1983–842·0
1984–851·9
1985–861·1
The cost of the replacement provision in each financial year so far has been:

DHSS £ millionDOE £ million
Capital
1981–820·10·8
1982–830·32·2
1983–840·55·6
1984–850·54·9
1985–860·21·9
1986–870·1Nil
Total1·715·4
DHSS £DOE £
Revenue
1981–82NilNil
1982–834,000Nil
1983–8432,00010,000
1984–85114,00039,000
1985–86210,000107,000
1986–87359,000298,000