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National Statistics
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Community Care Statistics, Social Services Activity, England - 2010-11, Provisional release

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs)
Date Range:
01 Apr 2010 to 31 Mar 2011


This is a report on the social care activity of Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England. It combines data from two sources, the Referrals, Assessments and Packages of Care (RAP) and the Adult Social Care Combined Activity Return (ASC-CAR). Information presented here is provisional and relates to England for the period 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011. Final data is expected to be published in March 2012.

National level figures are only available if all 152 councils have provided that data item, apart from two of the RAP tables where estimates have been made for missing data. Therefore not all results published previously are available at this stage, but they will be available when final data for 2010-11 is published. The number of service users receiving direct payments is not referred to in the executive summary as there are concerns around the data quality of this item.

Key Facts

Access to Care

  • During the year there were 2.12 million contacts from new clients made to CASSRs in England, similar to 2009-10, this is a 4 per cent increase from 2005-06.

Packages of Care

  • 1.57 million service users received services (following a community care assessment) during the year, this is a decrease of 7 per cent from 2009-10 and a decrease of 10 per cent from 2005-06. Feedback from councils suggests that the fall this year is due to a number of reasons including data cleaning, dealing with more service users at the first point of contact, raising the level of need at which people become eligible for council funded services and stopping some types of services altogether. This will help to explain reductions in packages of care mentioned elsewhere in this and the following sections. These explanations may also help to explain the reduction in the number of reviews, and the switch from referrals resulting in further assessment and commissioning of a service to being dealt with solely at the point of contact mentioned in the previous section.

Community Based Services

  • The number of service users receiving community based services was 1,34 million in 2010-11, a fall of 8 per cent from 1.46 million service users in 2009-10 and a fall of 10 per cent from 2005-06. Of those service users receiving community based services in 2010-11, 65 per cent were aged 65 and over.
  • There were 374,000 service users in receipt of self directed support and/or direct payments provided or commissioned by the CASSR during 2010-11 which has more than doubled since 2009-10 from 169,000.

Residential Care

  • The number of adults in residential care in 2010-11 was 212,000 (down 2% from 2009-10), of which over three quarters (78%) were aged 65 and over compared to 91 per cent aged 65 and over in nursing care.


  • In 2010-11 380,000 carers received a service (including information and advice only) compared to 387,000 in 2009-10 which is a decrease of 2 per cent but an increase of 34 per cent from 2005-06. This represents 94 per cent of the carers assessed or reviewed which has increased from 93 per cent in 2009-10 and 84 per cent from 2005-06.


Last edited: 11 April 2018 4:06 pm