§ 42. Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what has been the average increase in costs of residential care homes for the elderly since 1 April.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
The information is not available in the form requested.
The Government take account of a number of different pieces of evidence in reviewing the amount of income support available to people in residential care homes each year. These include detailed and differing representations received from various sources about the level of costs in homes. The results of this review will be announced shortly.