Community Care Statistics, Grant-funded services (GFS1) - England, 2009-10
This report presents information on the number of people who are helped to live more independently in their own homes as a result of schemes provided by voluntary and other organisations in the independent sector, through grants from Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England. The schemes included in the Grant Funded Services return (GFS1) provide services that do not form part of a formal care package agreed by the council, but which are nevertheless funded with grants from social services and other council budgets.
The information was collected during a survey week between the start of October and the end of November 2009. Organisations were requested to return information on all adults aged 18 and over who had received person-centred services during the survey week. They were also asked to provide details of the funding given to schemes during the financial year 2009-10, and whether it was sourced from social services budgets or other council budgets. The reported estimates of people helped are derived from the actual numbers of people helped by each scheme in the survey week, the proportion of each scheme's cost that is provided by the council and the proportion of this money that originates from social services budgets.
These data are the fourth set collected since the inauguration of GFS1 in 2006/07 and the first year for which comparisons can be made against the previous year. However, due to changes in the inclusion criteria for grant funded schemes provided by organisations that occurred in the 2008-09 collection year, comparisons have not and should not be made with GFS1 data from years prior to this period.
- During the survey week in 2009-10, an estimated 336,400 adults used person-centred services operated by organisations grant funded from CASSR social services budgets. This is a decrease of less than 1 per cent from 336,900 in 2008-09.
- 51 per cent of those receiving person-centred services were aged 65 and over, 23 per cent were recipients of person-centred services aged 18-64, 20 per cent were designated as carers (of adults of 18 and over) and 7 per cent were recorded as others.
- A total of 8,488 qualifying schemes received funding from CASSRs in 2009-10, a decrease of 4 per cent from 8,859 in 2008-09. Of the 8,488 qualifying schemes, 8,059 (95 per cent) received some element of their funding from social services budgets. From the 8,059 schemes funded from social services budgets, 7,822 schemes were accessed by at least one person of a given age and client type during the survey week.
- On average, councils funded 53 schemes through social services budgets, although the median number of schemes funded was 37. Just under 12 per cent of councils funded over 100 schemes through social services budgets.
- During 2009-10, £309 million of social services funding was spent on qualifying social care schemes run by external organisations, an increase from £298 million in 2008-09. A further £23 million was granted for equivalent services from other council budgets in 2009-10, a decrease from £31 million in 2008-09.