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Care Homes: Finance

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1363W, on care homes: finance, how many residential places there are in each region as a proportion of (a) adults and (b) pensioners; what assessment she has made of the reasons for the variations in provision of care home places in different regions; and if she will make a statement. (134099)

Neither the Department nor the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) collects data on population numbers. The Office for National Statistics has supplied data on numbers of adults (aged 18-64) and older people (aged 65 and over) in the nine CSCI regions.

This information, together with data on numbers of residential care places supplied by CSCI, is shown in the table.

The Department has not made any formal assessment of the reason for regional variations in the number of residential care places. This will be influenced by a number of factors, such as variations in demographics, local need and demand, the commissioning strategies employed by councils and levels of deprivation and health in different populations within each area.

CSCI region

Places1

Number of adults (18-64)2

Number of places as a percentage of adults3

Number of older people (65 and over)2

Number of places as a percentage of older people3

East Midlands

40,809

2,666,500

1.53

702,900

5.80

Eastern

45,933

3,389,300

1.35

931,400

4.93

London

40,314

5,000,300

0.81

886,800

4.55

North East

25,723

1,584,800

1.62

430,500

5.98

North West

61,631

4,214,300

1.46

1,105,300

5.58

South East

79,418

5,015,700

1.58

1,353,200

5.87

South West

56,479

3,559,800

1.59

1,049,300

5.38

West Midlands

44,446

3,279,600

1.35

871,700

5.10

Yorkshire and Humberside

47,967

3,120,200

1.54

821,700

5.84

1 Numbers include residential homes for older people and for younger adults (aged 18-64).

2 Figures rounded to the nearest 100. These data are Crown copyright.

3 Percentages rounded to two decimal places.

Sources:

1. CSCI registration and inspection database—snapshot on 13 March 2007.

2. Office for National Statistics mid-2005 population estimates.