This report brings together data collected by NHS Digital across different aspects of adult social care supported by local authorities. It aims to produce an insightful and coherent narrative about the trends in adult social care in England.
This report looks at data collected by NHS Digital from local authorities, typically over the last five years from 2015-16 up to the latest available data. In most cases this relates to 2019-20 but in some cases early data from mid-year 2020-21 is available.
There is growing demand on local authorities for social care support. Expenditure on social care continues to rise.
The number of older adults receiving local authority long-term support has decreased, whilst short-term support offered has increased.
Levels of satisfaction among service users for the care they receive are stable. They are lower for unpaid carers, which can reflect both the support they receive as carers, or the services given to their cared-for person.
Numbers of staff directly employed by local authorities in the care sector have increased, and vacancies have decreased.