§ Mr. O'Hara
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his oral answer to the hon. Member for Halesowen and Rowley Regis (Mrs. Heal) on 10 January 2000,Official Report, column 5, if he will estimate (a) how many people will benefit and (b) what the cost will be of extending eligibility to Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance to people who pay the full cost of their care in local authority care homes; and if he will provide a breakdown of people in local authority care homes by (i) age and (ii) who is paying the cost of their care. 
§ Mr. Bayley
The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the tables.
Estimated cost of extending DLA Care/AA eligibility to self-financiers in local authority owned/managed residential care homes Estimated number of gainers Estimated additional benefit expenditure £ million 2000–01 2,000 4 2001–02 2,000 4 2002–03 2,000 4
The estimated costs and numbers of gainers are approximate and subject to a large margin of error given the limitations of the available data
Breakdown by age of local authority care home residents Age Number of residents Under age 65 10,783 65–74 6,460 75–84 19,482 85+ 27,284
- 1. Provided by Department of Health annual return RAC5. Relates to 1996 which is the last year for which data collected. Relates to England only.
- 2. 61,943 residents of local authority staffed homes were supported by a local authority, but it is not known how the remaining 2,066 residents funded their care fees1.
1 Information provided by Department of Health return SRI relates to 1996, this being the last year for which data was collected. Relates to England only.