Spending on social care for older people

Expenditure on social care services for older people

Source: Personal social services expenditure and unit cost in England 2013-14, ONS population estimates

Most social care is funded through local government, which has seen its financial support from central government cut by over 40 per cent in real terms since 2010. One result of this is that spending on social care services for older people has fallen by 17 per cent in real terms since 2009/10.

Overall spending on adult social care services was £14.6 billion in 2013/14. About 46 per cent of that is spent on people over 65. From April 2015 the Better Care Fund will transfer £3.8 billion from the NHS budget to support spending on social care that will also benefit the NHS for example by reducing pressure on hospitals.

For more on the coalition’s record on social care, see Richard Humphries’ blog

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