Carers: York

Department of Health written question – answered on 17th March 2015.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many family members looking after a relative at home were registered as carers with the local authority in (a) York Central constituency and (b) City of York local authority area in (i) April 2010 and (ii) each subsequent April.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The only available data are from the Referrals, Assessments and Packages of Care returns (RAP) section of the data collected on the social care activity of councils with adult social services responsibilities.

The data are provided only for York Unitary Authority. The information is not collected at constituency level. The data do not provide information on whether or not the carers seen by local authorities are family members of the person being cared for. The current definition of a carer is taken from the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000, which states that the Act affects ‘carers (aged 16 or over) who provide or intend to provide a substantial amount of care on a regular basis for another individual aged 18 or over’.

Although the Act refers only to carers aged 16 or over, younger carers of adults should be included in these data. The Act excludes from the definition of a carer, paid care workers and volunteers from a voluntary organisation.

The collection period runs from 1 April to 31 March. For example, for 2010/11, the collection period runs from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011. The figures provided are rounded to the nearest five people.

Table 1 - Number of carers for whom assessments or reviews were completed during the period (for all age groups of carer, all client groups and all age groups of the person cared for by the carer).

Collection period

Carer assessed separately

Carer assessed jointly with person cared for by carer

Declined

Total

2010/11

660

920

20

1,595

2011/12

715

760

15

1,490

2012/13

575

835

5

1,420

2013/14

515

930

15

1,455

Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) – RAP C1.

Table 2 - Number of carers receiving different types of services provided as an outcome of an assessment or review (for all age groups of carer, all client groups, and all age groups of the person cared for by the carer).

Collection period

Receiving services

Receiving information only

Total

2010/11

640

940

1,575

2011/12

635

840

1,475

2012/13

500

915

1,415

2013/14

245

1,200

1,440

Source: HSCIC - RAP C2.

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