Local councils spent eight per cent more in real terms on adult social care in 2013/14 than they did in ten years ago in 2003/4, figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show.
Figures collected from the 152 local authorities in England with responsibility for social services show that in real terms councils spent £15.9 billion on social service support for adults ten years ago. This peaked at £18.2 billion in 2009-10 before falling to £17.2 billion in 2013-14.
Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England, 2013-14 also shows that:
• Looking at the different types of service, the greatest area of spend in 2013-14 was day and domiciliary provision, which made up 46 per cent (£7.9 billion) of total expenditure. This compares to a real terms figure of £7.7 billion (43 per cent of the total) in 2008-92, an increase of 2 per cent in real terms spending.
• The largest area of spending by client type in 2013-14 was on people aged 65 and over, which made up 51 per cent (£8.8 billion) of total expenditure. This compares to a real terms figure of £10.1 billion (56 per cent of the total) in 2008-96, a decrease of 12 per cent in real terms spending.
• Spending on direct payments rose to £1.4 billion (eight per cent of total spending) in 2013-14. This represents a 103 per cent increase in real terms spending on 2008-9 when direct payments made up £680 million (four per cent of total expenditure).
HSCIC Chair Kingsley Manning said: “This detailed breakdown of spending on adult social services should prove useful to the public, social care professionals and planners.”
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This is one of four social care reports published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. Also published today are three final reports which update provisional figures from July 2014:
• Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England, 2013-14
This reports on the results of a survey of social service users aged 18 and over to assess how effectively services are helping them to live safely and independently in their own homes, and the impact of services on their quality of life. It can be found here: www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/adusoccaresurv1314
• Community Care Statistics: Social Services Activity, England, 2013-14
This gives details of the numbers of adults enquiring about, being assessed for and receiving social services in England. It can be found here: www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/commcaressa1314
• Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England, 2013-14
This report looks at the performance of local council social services against criteria set nationally by the Department of Health in its Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF). It can be found here: www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/aduscoccareof1314fin