HC Deb 25 January 1982 vol 16 cc284-5W
Mr. John

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many and what proportion of local authorities meet his Department's guideline of 12 home helps per 1, 000 people over 65 years; and what would be the extra cost to public expenditure of bringing all authorities up to this level.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

Ten of the 109 (9 per cent) English social services authorities provided home help services at this level in September 1980. For all authorities to reach this level would require approximately double the present net expenditure on the home help service, the provisional cost of which was £187 million in 1980–81.