HC Deb 04 July 1995 vol 263 cc135-7W
Mr. Bayley

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in Scotland aged over 64 years live in(a) private residential homes, (b) private nursing homes, (c) local authority residential homes and (d) national health service nursing homes; and, of these, how many have the cost of their care paid wholly or partly by (i) their local authority, (ii) their health board and (iii) the Department of Social Security; and how many pay for their care wholly from private resources. [25973]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

[pursuant to his reply, 12 June 1995, c. 366–67]: The available information is:

Estimated number of people aged 65+ in residential care homes in Scotland at 31 March 1994
Residential Care Homes Number
Local Authority Homes 7,800
Private Homes 4,050
Voluntary Homes 4,260

accounted for by the agricultural departments, rather than on a regional basis.

Financial support to long-stay residents aged 65+ in private and voluntary residential care homes at 31 March 1994
Means of support Private homes Voluntary homes
Wholly by private means 1,065 (38 per cent.) 1,071 (31 per cent.)
Wholly by health board 43 (2 per cent.) 24 (1 per cent.)
DSS preserved rights1 and private means 1,282 (46 per cent.) 1,696 (50 per cent.)
DSS preserved rights1 and local authority top-up 148 (5 per cent.) 264 (8 per cent.)
Local authority2 259 (9 per cent.) 326 (10 per cent.)
Total number where means of support known 2,797 (100 per cent.) 3,381 (100 per cent.)
1 Pre 1 April 1993 higher rates of income support.2 Post April 1993 arrangements. Local Authorities have financial responsibility for placements. Residents are supported by the local authority and through ordinary income support and residential allowance from DSS.

The financial support of short-stay residents is not collected. The financial support of the remaining residents was unknown due to non-return of forms or missing data on individual residents.

All residents of local authority homes will have their care wholly or partly funded by local authority. At May 1994, 1,000 residents of local authority homes also received income support at the part III rate—equivalent to the state retirement pension.

Nursing Homes

Information on nursing homes is not collected on the same basis.

Estimated number of residents, all ages, at 31 March 1994 is 15,700.

Number of residents aged 65+ at May 1994 receiving pre 1993 higher rates of income support is 8,000.

Other residents will be supported by local authorities, health boards or through private means.

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