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RESIDENTIAL CARE AND NURSING HOMES REPORT

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The February 1996 Residential Care and Nursing Homes (RCNH) report on Income Support (IS) claimants in residential ...
The February 1996 Residential Care and Nursing Homes (RCNH) report on Income Support (IS) claimants in residential care has been published.

These analyses are taken from the February 1996 Quarterly Statistical Enquiry (QSE) into IS, the main findings of which were published on 5 December 1996.

The principal results show:

In February 1996 there were 278 thousand IS claimants in RCNH. This was similar to the number in November 1995 (283 thousand).

The number of claimants in RCNH with preserved rights to the old IS limits fell from 165 to 155 thousand between November 1995 and February 1996, whilst the number with the new Residential Allowance rose from 118 to 124 thousand.

In February 1996, 94 thousand (60%) of those IS claimants with preserved rights were in Residential Care Homes, whilst 60 thousand (40%) were in Nursing Homes.

Just over 116 thousand IS claimants in RCNH with preserved rights were aged 60 or over in February 1996, around 75% of the total.

The average weekly payment of IS to claimants in RCNH with preserved rights was£186.58 in February 1996. For claimants in residential care homes it was£161.40 and for those in nursing homes it was£225.85.

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