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Adult Social Care Activity and Finance Report, England - 2017-18 [PAS]

National statistics, Official statistics
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Geographical Granularity:
Country, Regions, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs), Local Authorities
Date Range:
01 Apr 2017 to 31 Mar 2018


This publication contains data taken from the Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR) and Short and Long Term (SALT) collection to provide information regarding adult social care activity and finance on local authorities in England for 2017-18.

This is the fourth year of the SALT and ASC-FR collections, and the second year in which the adult social care activity and finance data have been brought together in an official statistics report.

Please note: On 25th October 2018, Table 4 from the Reference Data Tables - Net Current Expenditure was removed due to an issue in the conversion of cash terms to real terms figures. This was resolved and uploaded again on 30th October 2018. At the same time, data on admissions to long term nursing or residential care in T1 of the Reference Data Tables was also corrected.

Key Facts

In 2017-18:

• Gross current expenditure on adult social care by local authorities was £17.9 billion. This represents an increase of £402 million from the previous year, a 2.3% increase in cash terms and a 0.4% increase in real terms.

• The area of care which saw the largest increase in expenditure was long term support, which increased by £369 million to £14.0 billion in 2017-18, an increase in cash terms of 2.7%.

• 1.8 million requests for adult social care support from 1.3 million new clients, for which an outcome was determined in the year, were received by local authorities in 2017-18. This was an increase of 1.6% since 2016-17. This is equivalent to more than 5,000 requests for support received per day by local authorities.

• Overall, the number of clients receiving long term care has decreased each year since 2015-16, to 857,770 in 2017-18. This has been mainly driven by a decrease in clients aged 65 and over receiving long term care, down 22,110 to 565,385 since 2015-16. However, the number of clients aged 18 to 64 receiving long term care has increased slightly over the period, up 7,360 to 292,380 since 2015-16.


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