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Care Homes: Fees and Charges

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost per week was of (a) private nursing home care, (b) private residential care and (c) domiciliary social care for those needing care for at least 20 hours per week in the last 12 months. (253236)

[holding answer 2 February 2009]: Provisional data on local authority expenditure on state funded social care for 2007-08 were collected and published by the NHS Information Centre for health and social care. The Information Centre expects to publish final data at the end of February 2009. Data on the costs of care to service users who fund in full their own care are not collected by the Information Centre or the Department.

Data collected by the Information Centre do not distinguish between care provided by the private and voluntary sectors. The figures show the cost to local authorities of care purchased from independent—that is, private and voluntary together—providers for people receiving care aged 18 and over.

We are informed by the Information Centre that, in 2007-08, data provided by local authorities show that in England the average cost of nursing home care provided by the independent sector was £499 per person per week, exclusive of the nursing care element paid for by the national health service. The average cost of residential care provided by the independent sector was £564 per person per week.

Although fees for nursing home care are generally higher than those for residential care, the nursing element of residents' care is funded by the NHS, through NHS-funded nursing care, which reduces the net cost to local authorities. NHS-funded nursing care is paid for by primary care trusts. The standard rate is £103.80 per week and the higher rate is £142.80 per week.

Data are not available on the costs of providing at least 20 hours per week of domiciliary care. The average cost to local authorities for a person aged 18 and over receiving domiciliary social care in 2007-08 was £152 per person per week.