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 provisional data from 152 CASSRs provided via the Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs return (PSS-EX1) and relates to the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. Final data for 2012-13 are due to be published in December 2013; since submitting the provisional data underlying this report CASSRs have had an opportunity to update their data in response to validation queries from the Health and Social Care Information Centre which assess the integrity of the data.
Gross current expenditure has been quoted within this summary unless otherwise stated. National level information is provided by client and service type 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 2007-08 and 2012-13, from sources including CASSRs and the NHS, is provided in Appendix C.
Data at a regional and CASSR level are available via the National Adult Social Care Intelligence Service (NASCIS). NASCIS provides a set of analytical, querying and reporting tools.