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Local authorities receive 5,100 new requests for adult social care assistance a day

October 24, 2019

New figures from NHS Digital show that local authorities received 1.8 million new requests for adult social care support in 2017-18, an increase of 1.6% on 2016-17 and equivalent to 5,100 new requests per day in the same period, the number of older people receiving local authority support has fallen by 3.8%.

These requests were received from 1.3 million people; those aged 65 and over accounted for 71.6 per cent of the requests. Similar to previous years, 77.1% of the requests originated from the community and 20.% originated from a discharge from hospital. Other findings in the report include:

  • Gross current expenditure by local authorities on adult social care was £17.9bn in 2017-18, an increase of £0.4bn or 2.3% in cash terms on 2016-17 (£17.5bn).
  • 77.9% of total gross current expenditure (£14.0bn) was spent on long term care (residential, nursing or community care), an increase of £369m or 2.7% on 2016/17 (£13.6bn).
  • Overall, the number of people receiving long term care provided or arranged by local authorities has decreased each year since 2015-16, down 14,750 (1.7%) to 857,770 in 2017-18. The numbers of 18-64 year olds in receipt of long term support has increased for the second year in a row, up 7,360 (2.6%) to 292,380 since 2015-16, while the numbers of 65 and over in receipt of long term support has fallen for the second year in a row, down 22,110 (3.8%) to 565,385 since 2015-16.
  • 58.6% of all people receiving long term support are female. This increases further for those supported in a residential home (61.9%) and further still when considering those in a nursing home (63.4%).

Adult Social Care Activity and Finance, England 2017-18 is an annual report that provides information on the gross current expenditure of councils on adult social care as well as information on long term care activity, short term activity to maximise independence, and support provided to carers.

Also released is the Adult Social Care Deferred Payment Agreements report, which provides experimental statistics on the arrangements made with local authorities that enable people to use the value of their homes to help pay for care home costs.

Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England 2017-18 have also been released. These are a compendium of adult social care indicators reported on during the year, including information on delayed transfers of care and self-reported social care-related quality of life, levels of control and social contact.

  • This year, the report has been presented in an interactive and accessible format. It can be accessed at: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/adult-social-care-activity-and-finance-report/2017-18
New figures from NHS Digital show that the number of older people receiving local authority support has fallen by 3.8%.

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