§ Sir Ivan Lawrence
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the cost to Staffordshire county council of a community care place in a residential home run(a) by the county council and (b) by the private sector. 
§ Mr. Burns
Staffordshire county council has told us that the net cost of a placement in one of its own homes is £198 and in the independent sector varies between £88 and £130. The reason for the cost differences includes the payment of residential allowance of £54, outside London rate, by the Department of Social Security which is made only to residents in the independent sector.
The gross cost of a placement in one of their own homes is £279 and for the three categories of placements in the independent sector are residential old age, £204, very dependent elderly, £236 and physical handicap elderly, £246.