Requests for adult social care

October 23, 2018

A new report from NHS Digital suggest that local authorities receive 5,100 new requests for adult social care assistance a day.

The new figures from Adult Social Care Activity and Finance, England 2017-18 show that local authorities received 1.8 million new requests for adult social care support in 2017-18, an increase of 1.6% on 2016-17 and equivalent to 5,100 new requests per day.

These requests were received from 1.3 million people; those aged 65 and over accounted for 71.6% of the requests. Similar to previous years, 77.1% of the requests originated from the community and 20.1% originated from a discharge from hospital.

Other findings in the report include:

  • Gross current expenditure by local authorities on adult social care was £17.9bn in 2017-18, an increase of £0.4bn or 2.3% in cash terms on 2016-17 (£17.5bn).
  • 77.9% of total gross current expenditure (£14bn) was spent on long-term care (residential, nursing or community care), an increase of £369m or 2.7% on 2016/17 (£13.6bn).
  • Overall, the number of people receiving long-term care provided or arranged by local authorities has decreased each year since 2015-16, down 14,750 (1.7%) to 857,770 in 2017-18. The number of 18-64 year olds in receipt of long-term support has increased for the second year in a row, up 7,360 (2.6%) to 292,380 since 2015-16, while the numbers of 65 and over in receipt of long-term support has fallen for the second year in a row, down 22,110 (3.8%) to 565,385 since 2015-16.
  • 58.6% of all people receiving long-term support are female. This increases further for those supported in a care home (61.9%) and further still when considering those in a care home with nursing (63.4%).

Adult Social Care Activity and Finance, England 2017-18 is an annual report that provides information on the gross current expenditure of councils on adult social care as well as information on long-term care activity, short-term activity to maximise independence, and support provided to carers.


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