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Residential Care And Nursing Homes

Volume 264: debated on Monday 23 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is the average contribution to private residential and nursing homes costs through state benefits and pensions. [37246]

The information requested for Great Britain and for Wales is in the tables:

Number of casesAverage income support £Average amount of other benefits1
Great Britain
Preserved rights:
Residential care117,000155.5369.53
Nursing homes85,000222.4974.43
Residential allowance81,00057.1253.58
Preserved rights:
Residential care7,000149.7773.02
Nursing homes7,000216.2276.14
Residential allowance5,00055.8453.52


1 Includes social security benefits and pensions taken into account in the assessment of income support.

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand. Due to rounding some of the totals may not tally.

2. Personal allowance of £13.10 (Nov 1994) is included in the average amount of income support.

3. Preserved rights cases receive the special higher limits of income support. Cases under the community care scheme receive normal income support which includes residential allowance and the balance of their fees are met by the local authority.

4. Information shown is for independent sector homes which includes private and voluntary homes.


Income Support Statistics Residential Care/Nursing Home Quarterly Enquiry November 1994.