*NHS Digital must be quoted as the source of these figures
26 October 2016: New official figures have been published today which outline the total money spent by local authorities on adult social care.
Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England 2015-16 is published by NHS Digital1 and collects data from the 152 local authorities across England, which are responsible for adult social services.
The report relates to the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 and is used by central government for public accountability, policy monitoring and national accounts, and by local authorities to assess their performance in relation to one another.
The detailed analysis includes the gross current expenditure for all local authorities in England, as well as a breakdown of each individual council's social care spends. It also breaks down short and long term support, the expenditure by primary support reason2 and the type of service3 being accessed.
Also included are unit costs, which give an average cost per person per week for residential care, nursing care and short term care to maximise independence4, broken down by age group and primary support reasons.
This is the first time that the report has included information on deferred payment agreements5. However, these figures are experimental and caution is advised when interpreting this information as data completeness is currently low6.
The full report is available at: http://digital.nhs.uk/pubs/pssexpcosts1516