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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Adult Social Care Activity and Finance Report, England 2016-17

National statistics, Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Regions, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs), Ambulance Trusts
Date Range:
01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017


This report takes data from the Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR), Short and Long Term (SALT) collection and Deferred Payment Agreements (DPA) return to provide information regarding adult social care finance and expenditure. This publication replaces the previous Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs and Community Care Statistics series', bringing activity and finance data together for the first time in the same publication series. This is the third year of the SALT and ASC-FR collections, and the second year of the DPA collection (although the latter was previously voluntary and this year was part mandatory)


PLEASE NOTE: 2015/16 expenditure data for West Berkshire is understated in this publication by £14,000 - this affects the Long Term residential care with a Primary Support Reason of Physical Support for the 18-64 age group only, and has minimal impact on regional and national figures. Data included in the 2015/16 Personal Social Services Expenditure and Unit costs publication remain correct, and should be considered the definitive source of data for this year. We apologise for any inconvenience this error may cause, please contact us at [email protected] if you require further information.

Tables 41 and 42 of the reference tables uploaded on 25 October 2017 displayed incorrect codes (CASSR and ONS) for seven local authorities in the South West; names and data in the original file were accurate. On 15 March 2018, their codes were corrected in these two tables, no other tables were affected.


In 2016-17:

  • Gross Current Expenditure on Adult Social Care by Local Authorities was £17.5 billion. This represents an increase of £556 million from the previous year, a three per cent increase in cash terms and a one per cent increase in real terms.
  • The area of care which saw the largest increase in expenditure was Long Term support, which increased by £539 million to £13.6 billion in 2016-17, an increase in cash terms of four per cent.
  • 1.8 million requests for Adult Social Care support, from new clients, from which an outcome was determined in the year, were received by Local Authorities in 2016-17. This is equivalent to almost 5,000 requests for support received per day by Local Authorities.
  • 9 in 1,000 18-64 year olds received Long Term support between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017 while 58 in 1,000 adults aged 65 and over received Long Term support in the same period.
  • Although in general spending on Adult Social Care services by Local Authorities has increased, spending on Short Term care has remained about the same as in 2015-16, increasing by one per cent.

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Last edited: 21 October 2021 8:18 am