London was the only region to boast a net growth in care homes in 2022, data from market analyst CSI Market Intelligence shows.
Speaking to Sky News, CSI said that nationally this equates to 247 care homes closing their doors last year, while 123 new businesses opened. It was the lowest number of new entrants to the market since 2015.
The report also finds that at local authority level only 44 out of 152 authorities had a care home open, and just 11 authorities made up half of all openings. Bracknell Forest alone added 29 per cent to the number of care home beds available in the area against the national growth of less than one per cent.
The dementia sector accounted for nearly all new openings with 94 per cent of the total, with nursing performing the best.
New nursing and residential care homes were both in single figures, CSI reports.