Notes to editors
1. The 2010 Spending Review provides a real-terms increase in grant funding for social care of around £875 million a year on average for the next four years, provided through the Department of Health’s Personal Social Services grant, merged into the local government formula grant. An additional £1 billion a year by 2014/15 will be set aside from the NHS budget for partnership working between the NHS and social care
2 Social care funding and the NHS: an impending crisis? by Richard Humphries is published on 17 March 2011.
3.A funding gap in social care spending of at least £1.2 billion could open up by 2014/15. This figure is based on an analysis looking at three scenarios arising from the 27 per cent real reduction in the central government grant to local authorities (HM Treasury 2010) that between 2011/12 and 2014/15, social care spending:
i) will be fully protected by all councils (a real-terms cut of 0 per cent)
ii) receive some protection (a real-terms cut of 7 per cent)
iii) or receive no protection (a real cut of 14 per cent)
Under scenario 2, a gap begins to appear in 2013/14, reaching estimated £1.23 billion in 2014/15.
4. For example, delayed transfers of care from acute hospitals have fallen from 3,600 a week in 2003/4 to 2,200 a week in 2008/9.