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Care Homes: Finance

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of care home residents have their care (a) partially and (b) fully funded by (i) local authorities and (ii) primary care trusts. (126546)

As at 31 March 2006, there were 259,000 supported care home residents funded fully or in part by councils with social services responsibilities (CSSRs)1. Information on the total numbers of care and nursing home residents, including those funding the entire cost of their care, is not collected centrally.

Information on the number of residents whose care is funded fully or in part by primary care trusts (PCTs) is not collected centrally. However, at 31 March 2006, 117,939 people2 in England were in receipt of national health service funded nursing care, which is funded by PCTs.

At 31 March 2006, 25,008 people were in receipt of NHS funded continuing care and therefore have their care costs met in full by the NHS.

1 Source—Information Centre on health and social care.

2 Some of this number will be included in the 259,000 whose care is partly or fully funded by CSSRs.