This is the fourth year in which the adult social care activity and finance data have been brought together in an official statistics report.
Activity data is sourced from the Short and Long Term (SALT) return, while finance data is taken from the Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR). In previous years, the report included analysis of the Deferred Payments Agreement (DPA) collection. This is now a separate publication which is due for release in the new year and can be found here: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/deferred-payment-agreements
This report presents the main themes only, based on mandatory data, at England level. Regional and local analysis can be found in the publication reference tables. The full data collected including voluntary elements of the data are available in both Excel and CSV format from https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/adult-social-care-activity-and-finance-report/2019-20
Further information around the data collections can also be found here: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/social-care-collection-materials-2020
NHS Digital plans to continue to develop and release user friendly outputs relating to this data.
Adult social care activity provided or arranged by local authorities covers a wide range of services including long term and short-term care, plus support to carers. Clients may take a variety of different pathways through the system, according to their needs.
This report will look in detail at the breakdown of expenditure by local authorities on adult social care, and the activity that is provided or arranged by the local authorities. As such, it does not cover adult social care activity and expenditure that is provided or funded elsewhere, for example, if the care is arranged and funded by the client without any involvement from the local authority.
While the two collections have been designed to be as complementary as possible, there are some differences in how data is categorised and so direct comparisons between the two sources should be made with care.
It is possible however, to consider broader similarities and differences in the trends shown in the data. For more information see the “How can the data be used?” section below.
Where there are differences in the definitions used between the collections these will be clearly pointed out in this document, and you can also find further information in the Equalities and Classifications standard (EQ-CL) which sets out the definitions for each of the collections, as well as within the guidance documents for each collection. If you require any further information about how the data used in this report can be compared, please contact us at email@example.com.
The finance elements of this report focus primarily on gross current expenditure. This is defined as the total expenditure less capital charges, and less all income except for client contributions.
Finance data within the commentary of this report is rounded to the nearest million. Figures in billions are reported to one decimal place.
Activity data within the commentary of this report is rounded to the nearest five.
Percentages are rounded to one decimal place.
All data is collected from Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England, however for ease of reading CASSRs will be referred to as local authorities throughout this report.