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Spending on adult social care statistics published

*HSCIC must be quoted as the source of these figures

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 show2.

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 2013-142.

Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England, 2013-143 also shows that:

  • Looking at the different types of service4, the greatest area of spend in 2013-14 was day and domiciliary provision5, 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 type6 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 payments7 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."

View the full report at:

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:

  • 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:

  • 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)8. It can be found here:


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 220 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. Figures prior to 2007-08 include estimated Service Strategy, Asylum Seekers Assessment and Care Management apportioned to Adult Services and Children and Families Services using proportions calculated from 2007-08 data. From 2007-08 this data was collected separately. As such, it is important to note that the 2003-04 figure used to form the 10-year comparison includes estimated figures which may affect the comparability between these years, below the national level. When looking at breakdowns below national level into different types of spending we would advise against using ten-year comparisons. This is because the changes over time in the sorts of information collected may make more significant differences in more detailed breakdowns. For this level of comparisons, the report presents one and five-year comparisons and so the five-year timeframe has been used in this press release.
  3. Numbers in this release over a million have been rounded to the nearest 100,000. This is the last year that this data collection will be carried out. From next year information on local authority spending on social care will be collected in two new data collections; finance (ASC-FR) and Short and Long Term Support (SALT). The ASC-FR and SALT collections will both draw on a new Equalities and Classifications Framework (EQ-CL) and will include some data to enable time series comparisons for key expenditure items.
  4. Expenditure is broken down by type of service in the report. The list of service types is assessment and care management, residential provision and day and domiciliary provision.
  5. Day and domiciliary provision includes supported and other accommodation expenditure , home care, day services, direct payments, equipment and adaptations, meals, supporting people (care elements), and other services including services for asylum seekers and those with HIV/AIDS and substance misuse issues
  6. Expenditure is broken down by client type in the report. The list of client types is service older people (aged 65 and over), adults aged 18-64 with physical disabilities, adults aged 18-64 with learning disabilities, adults aged 18-64 with mental health needs, service strategy, asylum seekers, other adult services.
  7. Direct payments (also known as a personal budget) is a notional amount of social care funding for an individual's support which is allocated following an assessment in order to meet the needs determined by the assessment. The payment can be made as a direct (cash) payment to the individual or services can be arranged and paid for by the council (directly provided services) or as a mixture of the two.
  8. More on ASCOF on the Department of Health website:
  9. For media enquiries please contact or 0300 30 33 888.
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