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Adult Social Care Statistics in England: An Overview

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Adult Social Care Statistics in England: An Overview


This report brings together the latest data collected by NHS England 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 England from local authorities, typically spanning the time period from 2015-16 up to the latest available data.

A repository of the code used to produce future Adult Social Care Statistics in England publications is available on GitHub:

The code is being iterated whilst the team makes improvements until all the publication outputs are produced from the code. 

We welcome feedback on the methodology and tables within this publication. Please email us with your comments and suggestions, clearly stating Adult Social Care as the subject heading, via [email protected] or 0300 303 5678.

Adult Social Care Data Hub - ASC Overview dashboard

This links to a Microsoft Power BI dashboard that presents a regional and local view of the same metrics that are shown in this report at national level.

The tool does not fully support all accessibility needs. If you need further assistance, please contact us for help.


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 generally decreased over the time period, whilst short-term support offered has remained stable.


Levels of satisfaction among older service users for the care they receive are lower than for working age service users

They are lower still, and decreasing, for unpaid carers, which can reflect both the support they receive as carers, or the services given to their cared-for person.


Numbers of adult social care jobs in local authorities have increased, the number of vacancies have decreased

Last edited: 11 March 2024 1:24 pm