§ Mr. Squire
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the current weekly cost of keeping a child in residential care.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The estimated weekly cost to local authorities in England of keeping a child in residential care in 1980–81—the latest year for which information is available centrally—is £134. This figure includes running costs and capital charges before the deduction of parental contributions and excludes associated administrative and field social work costs.