Personal Social Services Expenditure and Unit Costs - England, 2012-13, Final release [NS]
This summary provides information about the money spent on adult social care by the social services departments of Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England. It contains information taken from CASSR administrative systems used to record personal social services expenditure and income. The data are used by central government for public accountability, policy monitoring and national accounts, and by local authorities to assess their performance in relation to their peers.
This report combines data from 152 CASSRs provided via the Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs return (PSS-EX1) and relates to the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. Information within this report is based on the final data for 2012-13 and supersedes that contained within the provisional report published in September 2013.
Gross current expenditure has been quoted within this summary unless otherwise stated. National-level information is provided by client type and service area in this summary. Trends are generally shown over a five-year period where broadly comparable and a ten-year comparison is made in relation to gross current expenditure. Data on grants and unit costs are broadly comparable over a three-year period only.
Due to changes in the composition of social care funding and expenditure over time, caution should be exercised when considering long-term trends. For further information see Appendix B. In order to account for some of these changes, information about expenditure on adult social care between 2007-08 and 2012-13, from sources including CASSRs and the NHS, is provided in Appendix C.
Data at a regional and CASSR level are available via the National Adult Social Care Intelligence Service (NASCIS). NASCIS provides a set of analytical, querying and reporting tools.
Over the five-year period from 2007-08, when the figure was £15.3 billion, expenditure increased by 12 per cent in cash terms (a decrease of a half of one per cent in real terms). Over the ten-year period from 2002-03, when the figure was £11.3 billion, expenditure increased by 52 per cent in cash terms (19 per cent in real terms).
The percentage of expenditure used for direct payments for adults continued to increase and equated to seven per cent of gross current expenditure in 2012-13 compared to six per cent in 2011-12 and just under three per cent in 2007-08.