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).
Carer assessed separately
Carer assessed jointly with person cared for by carer
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).
Receiving information only
Source: HSCIC - RAP C2.