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Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England - 2015-16

21:32 September 25, 2017 - 09:30 September 15, 2016
Publication date: September 15, 2016
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This report contains findings from the Adult Social Care Survey, 2015-16, with comparisons to 2014-15.  This survey seeks to learn about how effectively services are helping service users to live safely and independently in their own homes, and the impact that these services are having on their quality of life.

Note (26/04/2017) Southampton City Council has confirmed that data they submitted in relation to the Adult Social Care Survey, 2015-16, has subsequently been found to have contained errors, with the same response data being used for a number of the questions.  The following should therefore be noted: • The results published for Southampton City Council for the following questions, as well as their associated ASCOF indicators, are inaccurate and should be disregarded in any analysis that includes Southampton City Council: 5a, 6a, 7a (ASCOF 4A), 8a (ASCOF 1I1), 9a, 10, 11, 12 (ASCOF 3D1), 13, 14a, 14b, 15a-d, 16a-d, 17, 18, 19, 21 and 22. • Additionally, ASCOF indicator 1A, which is constructed using questions 3a, 4a, 5a, 6a, 7a, 8a, 9a and 11, is also impacted by this error • Southampton City Council, as part of their internal reporting and governance, has reconstructed their 2015-16 ASCOF indicators and these are available for review at • The following questions (and ASCOF indicators) are unaffected: 1 (3A), 2a, 2b, 3a (1B), 3b, 4a, 7b (4B) and 20 and the impact at national level for all questions is minimal

Key facts

On question 10 (which of these statements best describes how having help to do things makes you think and feel about yourself?), there has been a percentage point increase (from 60.3 per cent in 2014-15 to 61.3 per cent in 2015-16) in the proportion of respondents reporting that having help makes them think and feel better about themselves.  This is a statistically significant increase and is based on 69,230 respondents in 2015-16.
The proportion of respondents reporting that their families paid for additional care and support for them has increased from 9.5 per cent in 2014-15, to 10.4 per cent in 2015-16.  This is a statistically significant increase based on 68,095 respondents in 2015-16 (Question 20).
On question 18 (thinking about getting around outside of your home, which of the following statements best describes your present situation?), 29.6 per cent of service users reported being able to get to all the places in their local area that they wanted.  Additionally, 26.4 per cent of respondents indicated that they did not leave their homes.  Figures are based on 69,390 respondents in 2015-16 and are a statistically significant reduction and increase respectively, compared to 2014-15.


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