NEWLY PUBLISHED FIGURES ANALYSE SOCIAL CARE SPENDING

  • Newly published figures which analyse official spending data on councils' social care spending suggest that around six-in-seven councils have made some cut to their spend on adult social care.

    The new report by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), funded by the Health Foundation made the following findings:

    • One-in-ten councils made cuts of over a quarter to their spend between 2009-10 and 2015-16
    • Spending fell by 18% in London and 16% in metropolitan districts covering urban areas like Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Tyneside
    • Cuts were larger in the north of England than the south
    • On average, cuts were larger in areas that spent more, had more spending needs and depended on central government grants with regards to adult social care in 2009-10
    • Spending was less than about £325 per adult resident in a tenth of council areas and over £445 per adult resident in another tenth in 2015-16
    • Councils with relatively more people over pension age, higher levels of disability benefit claims and deprivation tended to spend more on social care
    • In some occasions, care recipients contribute towards the cost of their care through fees and charges; one in ten councils raise below £35 per adult resident while a further one-in-ten raise £95 or above.
    • There is no clear relationship between local authorities' spending and fee income

    The author of the report and research economist at the IFS, Polly Simpson, said:

    "The spending cuts analysed in our report have been accompanied by a substantial fall in the number of people receiving social care: down 25% across England, between 2009-10 and 2013-14 alone."

    Co-author of the report and associate director at the IFS, David Phillips also said:

    "One thing that stands out in these figures are the big differences in spending per adult on social care among councils assessed to have very similar spending needs by the government."

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