Social care spending: home care
In 2010, the Government published spending plans that reduced central government grants to local authorities (who are responsible for funding social care) by 26% in real terms between 2011-12 and 2014-15. Local government spending overall, which includes income from Council Tax and other charges, was projected to fall by 14% in real terms. In June 2013, the Government followed this with a further 10% reduction in grants for 2015-16. (For more information, see our report, Focus on: Social care for older people.
Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs covers information about the money spent on adult social care by the social services departments of Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England. Gross current expenditure by CASSRs on adult social care in England in 2014-15 was £17.1bn. This represents a reduction of 1% in cash terms from £17.2bn in 2013-14, which is the equivalent of a 3% decrease in real terms and an 8% real-terms decrease from 2009-10.
In 2014-15 the collection method for this data changed from the Personal Social Services Expenditure and Unit Costs Return (PSSEX1) collection to the new Adult Social Care – Finance Return, resulting in significant changes to the data collected, including the introduction of new Primary Support Reasons.
Long term support (i.e. any service or support which is provided with the intention of maintaining quality of life for an individual on an ongoing basis) and short term support (time-limited episodes of support) have been detailed separately.
For more information on this data prior to 2013-14, please see the NHS Digital