§ Mrs. Dunwoody
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in the latest year for which figures are available, how many home helps were employed; what was the total cost; what were the total hours of service given; and how many meals were given out and how many day care places there were in numbers and in numbers per 1,000 of population over the age of 65 years, by local authorities.570W
§ Mr. Newton
Local authority statistics for the personal social services are published annually by the Department in a series of booklets. The most recent providing information requested by the hon. Member are:
Numbers of home helpsin "Local Authority Social Services Statistics: Staff of Local Authority Social Services Departments at 30 September 1981 —England (reference S/F82/1)".
Meals providedin "Domiciliary Services, Meals, Aids and Adaptations Year ending 31 March 1982—England (reference A/F82/18)
Day Care places for the population over 65in "Adult Training Centres for the Mentally Handicapped and Day Centres for the Mentally Ill, the Elderly and the Younger Physically Handicapped at 31 March 1982 — England (reference A/F82/8)".
Information on the total hours of home help given is not available from returns to the Department but has been collected and published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in "Personal Social Services Statistics 1981–82 Actuals" (Statistical Information Service reference 92.83). Information on the gross expenditure of local authorities on the home help service is also provided in this publication, which together with the Departmental publications, is available in the Library of the House.