§ Mr. Meacher
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his answer of 18 November,Official Report, column 80, concerning the transfer to local authorities of expenditure which would otherwise have been incurred by his Department on the care element, whether the amount transferred will be based on the number of individuals applying, a block grant on average numbers applying or expected, or some other basis.
§ Miss Widdecombe
The amount transferred will be based on the estimated number of people who would have claimed the higher income support limits for residential care and nursing homes. It will also reflect trends in average payments.