§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what procedures are followed by social work departments in fixing the standard charge for persons in residential care.
§ Mr. McElhone
The fixing of standard charges for local authority residential accommodation is a matter for individual authorities in accordance with Section 22(2) of the National Assistance Act 1948, as read with Section 87(3) of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968. Information about the procedures used by local authorities is not available centrally. Guidance issued in 1969 indicated that standard charges should reflect the cost of providing the accommodation.