§ 53. Mr. Lawrence
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement as to the comparative cost of keeping an old person in local authority residential accommodation and of keeping an old person in accommodation run by voluntary organisations.
§ Mr. Moyle
The average weekly cost of maintaining a resident in local authority accommodation in 1975–76 was £30 exclusive of charges to residents which were about £13. Comparable information for the voluntary sector is not known. Payments for persons sponsored by local authorities in voluntary homes are the subject of individual negotiation.