- Local Authorities have reported an increase in Adult Social Service spend from £15.3 billion in 2007-08 to £16.1 billion in 2008-09, this is approximately 5 per cent in cash terms and 3 per cent real terms. Over a longer term, this represents a real term increase of 13 per cent since 2003-04 and 54 per cent over the 10 years from 1998-99.
- Expenditure on adults aged 18-64 with a Learning Disability has increased from £3.5 billion in 2007-08 to £3.8 billion in 2008-09 (10 per cent in cash terms and 8 per cent in real terms).
- Expenditure on Older People has increased from £8.8 billion to £9.1 billion in 2008-09 an increase of 4 per cent in cash terms and 1 per cent in real terms.
- Expenditure on Asylum Seekers has seen the largest rise of 28 per cent in real terms, although spend for this client group accounts for less than 1 per cent of total adult social care spend. This may in part be due to the transfer of monies between departments into the adult social care budget.
- Expenditure on Residential Care has increased from £7.4 billion in 2007-08 to £7.6 billion in 2008-09 (3 per cent in cash terms and under 1 per cent in real terms. However expenditure on nursing care for older people has fallen by 5 per cent in cash terms and 7 per cent in real terms to £1.4 billion in 2008-09.
- The unit cost of providing residential and nursing care to adults with Learning disabilities has increased by 7 per cent in cash terms and 5 per cent in real terms from £1,047 per person per week in 2007-08 to £1,125 in 2008-09.
- The average cost per adult aged 18 and over supported in residential care, nursing care or intensively in their own home was £593 per person per week in 2008-09, an increase from £559 in 2007-08 (6 per cent in cash terms and 3 per cent in real terms).
- The unit cost of providing nursing care to adults with mental health needs has decreased by 3 per cent in cash terms and 6 per cent in real terms from £670 per person per week in 2007-08 to £648 in 2008-09.
- Expenditure on Day/Domiciliary (non-Residential) care spend has increased in cash terms over 2008-09 by 8 per cent and 5 per cent in real terms from £6.0 billion in 2007-08 to £6.5 billion in 2008-09. This is in line with Government policy to improve independence, choice and promote people's ability to live at home.
- The expenditure on Direct Payments for adults was £610 million in 2008-09. This is an increase of 35 per cent in cash terms and 31 per cent in real terms from 2007-08. The percentage of gross expenditure used for direct payments for adults is increasing and equates to 4 per cent of the overall gross current expenditure in 2008-09.
Please note: We made two corrections on 30 April 2010.
- Table 3.1 - The figures for Net Current Expenditure in Cash Terms and 2008-09 Prices were corrected
- Excel annex entitled "Gross and Net Current Expenditure 1994-95 to 2008-09" - Total Net Current Expenditure Excluding Supporting People, and Net Current Expenditure for 18-64 year olds with Physical and Sensory Disabilities excluding Supporting People were corrected.
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