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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Personal Social Services Expenditure and Unit Costs - England, 2006-07

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Ambulance Trusts
Date Range:
01 Apr 2006 to 31 Mar 2007


  • in 2006-07, gross current expenditure by Councils with Social Services Responsibilities in England on Personal Social Services was £20.1 billion, an increase of 4 per cent in cash terms (1 per cent in real terms) on the previous year and 11 per cent in real terms since 2003-04
  • over the 10 years from 1996-97, gross current expenditure on Personal Social Services has increased by around 70 per cent in real terms
  • in 2006-07, expenditure on services for children and families accounted for 25 per cent of total gross current expenditure, whilst expenditure on services for older people accounted for 43 per cent
  • in 2006-07, expenditure on residential provision and day and domiciliary provision for all client groups accounted for 41 per cent and 43 per cent of total gross current expenditure respectively, whilst assessment and care management accounted for 16 per cent
  • the average cost per adult aged 18 and over supported in residential care, nursing care or intensively in their own home has increased from £529 in 2005-06 in real terms to £537 in 2006-07 (an increase of 2 per cent)
  • the expenditure on Direct Payments for adults has increased over the last five years by over four times (although from a very small base), and has increased by 27 per cent since 2005-06 in real terms. The percentage of gross expenditure used for direct payments for adults equates to almost 2 per cent of the overall gross current expenditure in 2006-07
  • in 2006-07, an estimated £278 million in grants was provided by councils to independent sector agencies. Grants for carers amounted to £44 million for the 102 councils who supplied information.


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