HC Deb 21 March 2000 vol 346 cc477-8W
Mr. Wyatt

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what plans he has to carry out research into calculating disability-related living costs in a manner which allows them to be taken into account when deciding local authority service charges. [114715]

Mr. Hutton

Our White Paper "Modernising Social Services" recognised that the scale of variation in discretionary charges is unacceptable. The Audit Commission is preparing a report on home care charges and we shall take this into account when considering how to address these variations.