Adult social care spending to rise 2.2% to £14.4 billion in 2016-17

Local authorities in England will increase spending on adult social care services faster than any other sector next in the current 2016-17 financial year.

Across England, adult social care spending will increase by 2.2% from £14.1 billion in 2015-16 to £14.4 billion in 2016-17.

This is the first year authorities have been able to use the Adult Social Care Precept. The amount of expenditure to be financed from the precept is £382 million.

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The increase is being promised despite total local authority spending falling by 1.1% from £113 billion to  £111.9 billion.

Social care, of which around two-thirds is accounted for by adult services including care homes, and  the remainder by children’s services takes up 19.9% of local authority budgets in 2016-17.

 

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