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Two per cent fall in adult social care spend by local authorities, provisional data show

September 19, 2013: Local authorities across England spent £17.1 billion on adult social care in 2012-13, according to provisional figures published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

*HSCIC must be credited as the source of the figures in this release

This is a two per cent real terms decrease (or one per cent cash terms5 decrease) on 2011-12 spending (£17.2 billion5) and a one per cent real terms decrease (but a 12 per cent cash terms increase) on 2007-08 (£15.3 billion).

Today's provisional analysis does not point to any one specific area as accounting for the overall reduction in spending.

The report: Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England 2012-13 presents provisional figures in relation to spending on adults aged 18 or over by local authorities with responsibilities for providing adult social services.

The report can be accessed at:

A full report with finalised figures will be released in December 2013.


Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 130 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. Monetary figures are presented in £ billions and have been rounded to one decimal place.
  3. Figures in this press release relate to gross expenditure is quoted. Gross current expenditure is total costs, excluding capital charges, less all income other than client contributions.
  4. Due to changes in the composition of social care funding and expenditure over time, caution should be exercised when considering long-term trends. When considering the five-year comparisons quoted, it should be kept in mind that responsibility for providing certain services to learning disabled clients in residential care shifted from the NHS to local authorities over the period 2008-09 to 2010-11 - services funded at approximately £1.3 billion. More information is available in the report. Changes in unit costs can only be compared over a 3 year period as data about activity levels are not available to support further comparison.
  5. A percentage increase or decrease can be provided as an actual difference (cash) and adjusted (real) to remove the effect of inflation between two years.
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