Social Services: Finance

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 29th January 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent at constant prices on (1) adult, and (2) children's social care, in each financial year from 2009/10 to 2018/19; and what is the estimated expenditure for the 2019/20 financial year.

Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Local authority expenditure on children’s social care between 2014/15 and 2018/19 in constant prices is published in table 1b here https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing-england-2018-to-2019-final-outturn. Due to significant changes to local authorities’ responsibilities in 2014 it is not possible to compare expenditure before and after this date. Expenditure for the years 2009/10 to 2013/14 is published (attached) here https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing#2013-to-2014

Expenditure for adult social care between 2010/11 and 2018/19 is published here https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/adult-social-care-activity-and-finance-report/2018-19/appendix-b-final. This data includes Better Care Fund income from the NHS and other historic transfers, as detailed in the report. The same information is presented in constant prices in the table below.

Year

Real terms expenditure (18-19 prices)

2009-10

£18.39bn

2010-11

£18.50bn

2011-12

£17.58bn

2012-13

£17.01bn

2013-14

£16.86bn

2014-15

£16.63bn

2015-16

£17.15bn

2016-17

£17.39bn

2017-18

£17.49bn

2018-19

£17.92bn

Local authorities’ budgeted expenditure for both adults and children’s social care in 2019/20 is published (attached) here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/812505/Local_Authority_Revenue_Expenditure_and_Financing_2019-20_Budget__England.pdf This data excludes Better Care Fund income and so is not comparable to the data above.

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