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Care home occupancy rates fall

Care home occupancy rates fell from 84% in March 2020 to 75% in May 2021 and from 87% to 81% in nursing homes as a result of the Covid pandemic adding to the exiting financial pressures faced by many care operators.

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In 2020/21, local authorities spent £7.8 billion on long-term support for older people, of which £4.8 billion was on nursing or residential care, £2.9 billion on community support, including home care

Each local authority has an amount which they will pay for a given care need. This might be an hourly rate for home care or a weekly fee for residential care. Not all care providers will accept this r