§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to what he attributes the 21 per cent. increase in income from charges for local authority personal social services in England in 1982–83 over 1981–82, Cmnd. 8789, table 2.11.2; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Newton
The figure in Cmnd. 8789 for personal social services income from charges in 1982–83, £370 million is estimated from information on local authority budgets for the year supplied through the local authority associations in April 1982. This represents an increase of 21 per cent. in cash terms compared with provisional outturn information for 1981–82. More recently, the Association of Directors of Social Services survey "Personal Social Services Expenditure Staffing and Activities", published in January 1983, suggested a considerably smaller increase. Information on actual charges income in 1982–83 will not become available until the autumn of 1983.