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The Adult Social Care Activity and Finance Report 2020-21 contains data taken from the Adult Social Care Finance Return (ASC-FR) and Short and Long Term (SALT) collection to provide information regarding adult social care activity and finance on local authorities in England for 2020-21. This is the seventh year of the SALT and ASC-FR collections, and the fifth year in which the adult social care activity and finance data have been brought together in an official statistics report. Adult social care activity provided or arranged by local authorities covers a wide range of services including long term and short-term care, plus support to carers.
The England-level statistics for 2020-21 have been estimated as one local authority was not able to submit for SALT and two for ASC-FR.
These figures aren’t directly comparable with previous years as much of the additional funding was to support the sector and was distributed via local authorities to settings, even if those settings weren’t supporting local authority clients. This includes government grants such as the Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund and Workforce Capacity Fund for adult social care. Due to the nature of this support, it is not possible in the data to determine (and therefore exclude) the amount spent on non local authority-supported clients.
The survey, which is in its eleventh year, seeks the opinions of service users aged 18 and over, who are in receipt of long-term support services, which are funded or managed by social services.
The eligible population for this survey covers all service users aged 18 and over in receipt, at the point that data are extracted, of long-term support services provided or commissioned by the council or an NHS health partner under Section 75 Agreements and part of a care/support plan following an assessment of need. Due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020-21 survey was voluntary and councils could choose whether or not to participate. 18 Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) took part in the survey.
Management information describes aggregate information collated and used in the normal course of business to inform operational delivery, policy development or the management of organisational performance.
The 18 CASSRs reported an eligible population totalling 62,340 service users. The eligible population reported in the 2019-20 survey, was 608,145. 24,700 service users were sent a questionnaire of which 6,695 service users completed the questionnaire. As these questionnaire responses are estimates the figures quoted in relation to the number of ‘service users’ or ‘people’ are rounded to the nearest 10. The known figures, such as the eligible population, are rounded to the nearest five.
A deferred payment agreement is an arrangement with the local authority that enables people to use the value of their homes to help pay for care home costs. If eligible, the local authority will help to pay a client’s care home bills on their behalf. The client can delay repaying the local authority until they choose to sell their home, or until after their death. This publication provides information on the number and associated monetary value of adult social care deferred payment agreements in England for 2020-21.
This publication contains information on the use of Guardianship under Sections 7 and 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
In most cases this is information from 2019-20 but in some cases, early statistics from the first half of 2020-21 are available.
Percentages are rounded to one decimal place where possible; the percentages given for each question may therefore not add up to 100 per cent. The proportions have been calculated by weighting the response data using eligible population figures, to estimate the proportion of the population who hold these views.
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