HC Deb 19 November 1984 vol 68 c63W
Mr. Skinner

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the estimated cost to an average family of looking after a mentally handicapped person from the age of two years to 40 years.

Mr. John Patten

Information on which to base or verify such an estimate is not collected centrally. An estimate of £119,880 has been made in a recent study* published by the Disablement Income Group. This was based on a very small sample, not claimed by it to be representative, which included a wide range of severity of handicap and of dependency. *"Mental Handicap Costs More" by Judith Buckle, published by the Disablement Income Group, 1984; Price £3.50.