§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) for the latest year for which figures are available and for each of his Department's local offices, what is the total number of residents of (a) private and voluntary residential care homes and (b) private and voluntary nursing homes which are claiming supplementary benefit as boarders to help them meet the homes' charges;388W
(2) for the latest year for which figures are available and for each of his Department's local offices, what is the total amount of supplementary benefit paid out to help residents meet the charges of (a) private and voluntary residential care homes and (b) private and voluntary nursing homes.
§ Mr. Whitney
The information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, the information which is available, although not in the precise form requested, is that at December 1983, the latest date for which we have figures, there were 25,800 residents in private and voluntary residential care and nursing homes in receipt of supplementary benefit in Great Britain. The average weekly benefit payment was £75.80 and on this basis, estimated annual expenditure was £102 million.
Source: Annual Statistical Enquiry. 1983 figures are provisional.
Note: Average benefit payments include an amount paid for personal expenses but are net of any other resources, such as retirement pension, which fail to be taken into account.