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Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England - 2012-13, Final report, Experimental statistics

Publication date: 09:30 November 07, 2013


*Correction: In the Confidence Intervals subsection of Appendix A in this report (page 42) it is stated that weights have been used to calculate national, regional and council type estimates and confidence intervals. This is incorrect: no weighting has been applied in the calculation of these results. The HSCIC would like to apologise for this error and any inconvenience this may have caused.

The 2014-15 edition of this report does use weights to calculate aggregate estimates and confidence intervals. Weighted 2012-13 aggregate data are provided with this report, which is at (available from 09:30 on 16 September 2015).

*Users of these data should note that the report and annex tables were updated on 19 November 2014.

This was done in order to correct a number of margin of error figures for ASCOF outcome 3B that had previously been incorrect, and to correct an omission in the list of councils that missed the ±5 percentage point margin of error requirement in the report.

Users are advised to download these revised documents to ensure they have the best available data.

The HSCIC would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

This is a biennial survey, undertaken by councils in which carers' thoughts and opinions were sought on a number of topics that are considered to be indicative of a balanced life alongside their caring role.

Carers completing the survey were all aged 18 or over, caring for someone aged 18 or over in receipt of services funded wholly or in part by Social Services during 2012-13. Findings from the survey are used to populate a number of measures in the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework.

Key Facts

57,860 people out of a sample of 126,755 carers of social care users responded to the survey, which is a response rate of 46 per cent.

36 per cent of respondents reported that they were either extremely or very satisfied with the support and services that they and the person they care for received from Social Services in the last 12 months. However, 4 per cent stated they were either very or extremely dissatisfied.

29 per cent reported they have as much control as they want over their daily lives. 59 per cent reported they have some control with the remainder (12 per cent) stating they had no control over their daily lives.

85 per cent of carers reported that they had no worries about their personal safety. A further 13 per cent stated they had some worries about their safety. 1 per cent of carers reported that they were extremely worried about their personal safety.

The average score for carer related quality of life was 8.1 out of a maximum possible score of 12. This is a composite measure calculated using a number of questions which cover six different outcome domains relating to quality of life.


Date Range: 07 November 2013 to 07 November 2013
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Councils with Social Services Responsibilities

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