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Deferred Payment Agreements Report, England - 2019-20

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Deferred Payment Agreements Report, England - 2019-20


This publication contains data taken from the Deferred Payment Agreements (DPA) return to provide information regarding the number and associated £ value of Adult Social Care Deferred Payment Agreements in England for 2019-20.

This report contains aggregate information submitted by 150 of 151 Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England for the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Due to COVID-19 and the extra pressures felt by local authorities, collection deadlines were extended. For DPA, the deadline changed from 19th August to 8th October 2020. A number of local authorities have also advised that it was not possible to quality assure adult social care submissions to the same extent as in previous years; it is important to consider this when reviewing this year’s data and changes over time.

In previous years there were 152 local authorities. However, on the 1st April 2019 Bournemouth and Poole merged to form the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) local authority. The inclusion of Christchurch has also reduced the size of the Dorset local authority. Therefore, care should be taken when making comparisons over time for Dorset due to such changes; when considering any changes at local authority level in this publication, these have been done on a like for like basis, excluding these two authorities.

In 2019-20

New DPAs agreed

There were 3,415 new DPAs agreed during the year. The total value of the new DPAs agreed was £53.2 million.

DPAs ended and written off

There were 40 DPAs that had ended during 2019-20 and were written-off. The total value written-off for these DPAs was £1.3 million.

DPAs recovered

£78.8 million was fully recovered from DPAs ending in 2019-20. This total value related to 3,105 DPAs.

Outstanding DPAs

The total number of outstanding DPAs as at 31 March 2020 was 6,575, the total value of which was £231.4 million.

Type of DPA

Around 1 in 4 new and outstanding DPAs (both the number and value) resulted in the customer paying the care provider for their care and the LA loaning them the cost of care in instalments (loan type). The remainder were traditional DPAs where the LA will pay the care home directly and will defer part of the charge against the value of the property.

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