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Every day 5,100 adults seek social care support

Local authorities received 1.8m new requests for adult social care support in 2017-18

Ingrid Torjesen

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Every day local authorities receive 5,100 new requests for adult social care assistance, data* from NHS Digital reveal.

In 2017-18 local authorities received 1.8m new requests for adult social care support - an increase of 1.6% on 2016-17.

These requests were received from 1.3m people, and 71.6 % of the requests came from people aged over 65 years. Similar to previous years, 77.1% of the requests came from the community and 20.1% were related to a discharge from hospital.

In 2017-18, local authorities spent £17.9bn in 2017-18, an increase of £0.4bn or 2.3% on 2016-17 (£17.5bn). More than three quarters of this (77.9%; £14.0bn) was spent on long-term care (residential, nursing or community care) - an increase of £369m or 2.7% on 2016/17 (£13.6bn).

The number of people receiving long-term care provided or arranged by local authorities has decreased each year since 2015-16, falling by 14,750 (1.7%) to 857,770 in 2017-18. The numbers of 18-64 year olds in receipt of long-term support increased for the second year in a row, up 7,360 (2.6%) to 292,380 since 2015-16, while the numbers of 65 and over in receipt of long-term support has fallen down 22,110 (3.8%) to 565,385 since 2015-16.


*Adult Social Care Activity and Finance Report, England - 2017-18 [PAS]. NHS Digital, 23 October 2018.

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