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NHS: Allowances

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the personal expenses allowance is calculated; what evidence is used in the calculation; and what the allowance is expected to cover. (119553)

The personal expenses allowance is provided for care home residents to have money to spend, as they wish, on small items for example on stationery or personal toiletries. It takes into account the fact that people in care homes generally have fewer personal expenses than those living in their own home.

This allowance, currently £19.60 per week, is increased each year in line with average earnings. The Department is currently undertaking the routine review of the residential charging regulations and guidance, including the expenses allowance, and changes will be introduced in April 2007.