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Private Nursing Homes

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many representations he has received concerning the £5 per week increase for Department assisted residents and patients in private nursing homes.

We have received a number of representations about our proposals for next year's uprating. Subject to parliamentary approval, the overwhelming majority of people in nursing homes receiving income support in April 1990 will be entitled to up to an additional £10 for help with fees. The limit for the mentally ill is increasing by £5, meaning an increase of £15 in two years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list, by year, for the past 10 years, the increases in allowance per week for (a) patients in residential private nursing homes and (b) residents in retirement homes; and if he will make a statement.


1. Prior to April 1985 each social security office set two maximum amounts that could be paid in respect of fees in homes, one for residential care homes and one for nursing homes.

2. Claimants in addition to the appropriate limit receive an amount payable for personal expenses.

3. Present limits can be increased by up to £23 in London.