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Sheltered Housing and Care Homes

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of people resident in (a) sheltered accommodation and (b) care homes in each year since 1997.

Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Estimates of the number of people living in sheltered accommodation in England for each year from 1997-98 to 2007-08 are provided in Table 1. These estimates are based on data from the Survey of English Housing.

Table 1: Individuals in sheltered accommodation, England
1997-98 630,000
1998-99 590,000
1999-2000 650,000
2000-01 560,000
2001-02 570,000
2002-03 500,000
2003-04 530,000
2004-05 520,000
2005-06 610,000
2006-07 570,000
2007-08 610,000
Source: Survey of English Housing.

Communities and Local Government does not collect data on the number of people in care homes. Data on the number of adults (aged 18 and over) in local authority funded residential and nursing care are collected and published by the NHS Information Centre for health and social care.

Data on the number of self-funded residents or residents supported by means other than support by Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) are not collected centrally.

Table 2 shows the numbers of adults aged 18 and over in local authority funded residential and nursing care as at 31 March for the years 1997 to 2009. The data for 2009 are provisional; final data are expected to be published in spring 2010.

Table 2: The total( 1) number of clients aged 18 and over in receipt of local authority funded residential or nursing care as at 31 March
Year (at 31 March) Total of all supported residents, England
1997 242,100
1998 255,500
1999 260,700
2000 265,400
2001 261,800
2002 264,800
2003(2) 284,100
2004(2, 3) 278,000
2005(2, 3) 266,200
2006(2, 3) 259,200
2007(2, 3) 250,200
2008(2, 3) 239,100
2009(2, 3, 4) 233,900
(1 )This includes social care funded clients in voluntary and private registered residential, general and mental health nursing homes, unstaffed homes and adult placements. (2 )Includes clients formerly in receipt of preserved rights. (3) Includes Boyd loophole residents. (4) Data for 2009 are provisional and sourced from the Adult Social Care-Combined Activity Return (ASC-CAR). Sources: 1. Supported Residents (SR)1 Table S1. 2. ASC-CAR Table S1.

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