HC Deb 29 November 1990 vol 181 cc473-4W
Mr. Battle

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many hospital patients are(a) exempted from community charge or (b) receiving community charge benefits.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

The estimated numbers of hospital patients exempt from community charge in England and Wales are in the table.

England Wales
Persons whose sole or main residence is an NHS hospital or NHS nursing home 42,000 3,800
Persons whose sole or main residence is a
Residential care home
Nursing home
Mental nursing home
Private hospital
Hostel providing a substantial level of care, and also being treated or cared for in such an institution. 321,000 23,800
Total 363,000 27,600

The information for Scotland is not available.

Information on the number of hospital patients receiving community charge benefit is not available.

Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what proportion of the cost to Mid-Devon district council of administering community charge benefit will be reimbursed in 1990–91; and what proportion of that cost will be reimbursed in his Department's plans for 1991–92 and each of the ensuing three years.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

The Department directly reimburses 50 per cent. of local authorities' estimated administrative needs through a cash-limited specific grant; the remaining 50 per cent. is taken into account in the local authority finance settlements. The specific grant is distributed between authorities according to a formula agreed with local authority representatives. In 1990–91, Mid-Devon's share of the specific grant was £48,538; this includes the additional money for the work arising from the capital limit changes announced in the budget. Although next year's overall totals have been announced, the distributional formula has yet to be decided. The arrangements for future years will be kept under review.