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INCOME SUPPORT ENQUIRY: RESIDENTIAL CARE & NURSING HOMES

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The November 1995 Residential Care and Nursing Homes (RCNH) report on Income Support (IS) claimants in residential ...
The November 1995 Residential Care and Nursing Homes (RCNH) report on Income Support (IS) claimants in residential care is published today. These analyses are taken from the November 1995 Quarterly Statistical Enquiry (QSE) into IS, the main findings of which were published on 19 September 1996.

The principal results show:

In November 1995 there were 283,000 IS claimants in RCNH. This was similar to the number in August 1995 (285,000).

The number of claimants in RCNH with preserved rights to the old IS limits fell from 172 to 165,000 between August and November 1995, whilst the number with the new Residential Allowance rose from 112 to 118,000.

In November 1995, 99,000 (60%) of those IS claimants with preserved rights were in residential care homes, whilst 66,000 (40%) were in nursing homes.

Just over 126,000 IS claimants in RCNH with preserved rights were aged 60 or over in November 1995, around 76% of the total.

The average weekly payment of IS to claimants in RCNH with preserved rights was £186.31 in November 1995. For claimants in residential care homes it was £160.06 and for those in Nursing Homes it was £225.75.

The new community care system

A new system of community care was introduced from April 1993 and there are now two schemes by which Social Security can help people who enter residential care or nursing homes.

Most people who were living in care homes on 31 March 1993 will continue to have entitlement to the old system of IS special limits - this is called preserved rights. Other residents may receive help under the new arrangements. Under the new arrangements, people who need financial help to enter residential care or nursing homes will have their care needs and ability to contribute towards the cost assessed by their local authority. Such residents can claim IS on a broadly similar basis to people living in their own homes, except that their IS assessment will include a Residential Allowance to assist with the recognised extra accommodation costs incurred.

-- Income Support Statistics. 238-0866. November Quarterly Enquiry 1995 Residential Care and Nursing Home Report. Price £5. To obtain copies contact: Department of Social Security, ASD Secretariat, Analytical Services Division. Tel 0171 962 8188.

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