Care Homes

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th February 2022.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of places available in care homes; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Local authorities are best placed to understand and plan the care and support needs of their local population. Under the Care Act 2014, local authorities are required to shape their local markets, to ensure a diverse range of high quality, sustainable, person-centred care and support services are available to meet the needs of the local population.

The number of overall care home beds has remained broadly constant over the last 10 years from 460,664 beds in 2010 to 457,516 in February 2022. The number of home care agencies in England has increased since 2010. There are over 5,000 more home care agencies now, from 5,780 in 2010 to 11,106 in February 2022. This reflects the growing trend towards caring for people in their own homes, enabling people to live independently, within their community, for as long as possible.

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