The NHS Information Centre for health and social care collects and publishes information on the number of people receiving direct payments from councils with adult social services responsibilities.
Information is collected for clients aged 18 and over both during the year April to March and as at
All 150 councils provided provisional information on the number of clients receiving direct payments.
86,100 social care clients (aged 18 and over) in England received a direct payment during the year 2008-09 and 68,600 social care clients were in receipt of direct payments as at
28,000 carers of adults aged 18 and over provided by 141 councils in England received a direct payment during the year 2008-09.
Final data for 2008-09 are expected to be published by the NHS Information Centre on