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Care Homes

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) state funded and (b) privately funded care home places in (i) Cornwall and (ii) England per head of population. (146644)

[holding answer 29 June 2007]: Neither the Department nor the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) collects data on population numbers. Information on the number of care and nursing homes and registered places is collected by CSCI as part of its registration and inspection activities.

The Office for National Statistics has supplied data on numbers of adults aged 18 and over in England and the Cornwall county council area. Numbers of care and nursing home places, in England and Cornwall as percentages of the numbers of adults aged 18 and over are shown in the table.

Care home places are not registered as state or privately funded; care is funded in a variety of ways. Depending on their circumstances, residents may fund their own care, or be partly or wholly supported by councils or the national health service, or organisations such as charities and previous employers. As a result, the same place may, at different times, be state or privately funded depending on the circumstances of the resident occupying it.

Area

Places1

Number of adults aged 18 and over2

Number of places as a percentage of adults aged 18 and over3

England

440,038

39,383,400

1.12

Cornwall

5,480

411,500

1.33

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 report, The State of Social Care in England 2005-06.

2 Office for National Statistics mid-2005 population estimates (latest available figures).