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.
This report combines provisional data from 152 CASSRs and relates to the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. Final data for 2014-15 are due to be published in November 2015; after submitting the provisional data underlying this report CASSRs have 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.
The data for this adult social care expenditure report has been sourced from a new collection; the Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR) has replaced the previous finance (PSS-EX1) and reflects important aspects of the principles underpinning the transformation of social care.
This is one of several collections which have changed as a result of proposals from the Zero Based Review (ZBR) and which draws on the new Equalities and Classifications Framework (EQ-CL).
This is the first year of the new ASC-FR collection and all 152 councils made a submission; although the impact of the change in data source and the introduction of the new Equalities and Classification framework has meant some councils have experienced difficulties in completing their return for the initial pre validation deadline. As a result, some of these data presented are not representative of all 152 councils, details regarding this can be found in both the main text of this report and in the footnotes.
The HSCIC works with councils in order to attain complete data submissions from all 152 councils for the final publication, however in this provisional publication caution should be exercised when evaluating the findings from these first cut data. In the first year of the return we expect to see greater changes between these provisional data and the final data. In addition, it should be noted that we have not provided any estimates for the provisional data and therefore, when discussing figures for 2014-15 and the 152 councils, figures may be understated and lower to the previous year which did include estimates. For further information on the data quality of these provisional data please see Appendix B.
Gross current expenditure has been quoted within this summary unless otherwise stated. National level information is provided by primary support reason and service area in this summary.
Primary support reason: Physical Support, Sensory Support, Support with Memory and cognition, Learning Disability Support and Mental Health Support.
A five-year and ten-year comparison is made in relation to gross current expenditure. However, changes in the financial reporting framework mean it is not be possible to make direct comparisons between 2014-15 and previous years for the primary support reasons and service provision, with the exception of those items included in the bridging year. Further information is provided in the introduction of this report. Please note: on 08 October 2015, the csv file 'pss-exp-eng-14-15-prov-coun-lev-act-data' was updated with the following changes: the data within rows 52 to 85 for short term and additional activity have been corrected to align with the councils detailed in row 1. Users are advised to download these revised files to ensure they have the correct data. The HSCIC would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.