HC Deb 05 June 1986 vol 98 cc604-5W
Dr. Godman

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the amount spent in Scotland per head on personal social services in the last year for which figures are available; and what are the comparable figures for (a) England and Wales and (b) each of the English and Welsh regions.

Mr. John MacKay

The last financial year for which relevant figures are available for Scotland and Wales is 1984–85 and for England 1983–84. In 1984–85 the gross amount per head of the population spent in Scotland by local authorities in the discharge of the responsibilities arising directly from the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 or referred to therein was £63. The equivalent figure for Wales is £55. 1983–84 figures for Scotland, Wales and England and for areas in England corresponding approximately to those of regional health authorities are as follows:

Approximate Gross Amount Spent per Head on Personal Social Services in 1983–84 (rounded to the nearest £)
England (by regions) £
Northern 55
Yorkshire 49
Trent 50
East Anglia 37
North West Thames 68
North East Thames 75
South East Thames 68
South West Thames 51
Wessex 37
Oxford 40
South Western 42
West Midlands 45
Mersey 53
North Western 57
Average for England 53
Wales 53
Scotland 59

The figures are not directly comparable relating to Scotland include expenditure on other services for offenders which are as i the social work programme for Scotland but and Wales.