HC Deb 26 June 1995 vol 262 cc479-80W
Mr. Whittingdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average fee charged per week for a resident in(a) a residential home and (b) a nursing home; and what proportion of this is for nursing care. [29712]

Mr. Bowis

The Department does not collect information on fees charged, but Laing and Buisson have estimated on the basis of their latest—November 1994—survey of independent sector homes that the average weekly fees for elderly residents were £234 and £333 for residential care and nursing homes respectively. No information is available on the proportion of nursing home fees which relates to nursing care.

Mr. Whittingdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in(a) residential homes and (b) nursing homes have preserved rights to income support; and how many in each case are now receiving that benefit. [29713]

Mr. Roger Evans

I have been asked to reply. The information is set out in the table.

Residential care homes Nursing homes
Estimated number with preserved rights 154,000 116,000
Number in receipt of higher income support limits 116,200 84,460


Income support figures—The Quarterly Statistical Enquiry (QSE) November 1994.

Information on people not in receipt of benefit is not collected and the numbers have been estimated from the November 1994 QSE and the Department of Health Statistical Bulletin "Personal Social Services: Residential Accommodation in England 1994".