This summary provides information about the money spent on adult social care by the social services departments of Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England. It contains information taken from CASSR administrative systems used to record personal social services expenditure and income. The data are used by central government for public accountability, policy monitoring and national accounts, and by local authorities to assess their performance in relation to their peers.
This report combines data from 152 CASSRs provided via the Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs return (PSS-EX1) and relates to the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014. Information within this report is based on final data for 2013-14 and supersedes that contained within the provisional report published in September 2014.
Gross current expenditure has been quoted within this summary unless otherwise stated. National level information is provided by client type and service area in this summary. Trends are generally shown over a five year period where broadly comparable and a ten year comparison is made in relation to gross current expenditure. Data on grants and unit costs are broadly comparable over a three year period only.
Due to changes in the composition of social care funding and expenditure over time, caution should be exercised when considering long term trends. For further information see Appendix B. In order to account for some of these changes, information about expenditure on adult social care between 2008-09 and 2013-14, from sources including CASSRs and the NHS, is provided in Appendix C.
For 2014-15, the data for the adult social care expenditure report will be sourced from a new data collection; the Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR). This collection replaces the existing finance (PSS-EX1) collection as a result of proposals from the Zero Based Review (ZBR). The current activity returns, RAP & ASC-CAR are also being replaced by a new Short and Long Term Support (SALT) collection, again as a result of proposals from the ZBR. They have been developed by stakeholder groups, which included colleagues from councils. The ASC-FR and SALT collections will both draw on a new Equalities and Classifications Framework (EQ-CL) and will include some bridging data with previous collections to enable time series comparisons for key expenditure data items.
As this is the last time the report will be based on PSS-EX1 data, The HSCIC has also published an Expenditure and Unit Costs Compendium which provides national data over a ten year period from the PSS-EX1 collection, in an excel format. The data are already in the public domain through the annual publications. These data are from 2003-2004 to 2013-14 and where available provide breakdowns for service and client types. The compendium tables are available, along with our other Appendix tables, via the HSCIC website.
1. Gross current expenditure is total cost excluding capital charges, minus all income except client contributions.
Hackney Council has notified the HSCIC that the £14,332,000 attributed to expenditure from the Supporting People grant for their council was included in error. This figure does not include any social care expenditure, and it is entirely housing related, which is not collected in the PSS-EX1 return. Their Total Net Expenditure should therefore be £74,569,000 for 2013-14. This should be taken into consideration when using these figures at a council level. The impact at a national level is minimal.