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Social care for adults with learning disabilities in England: trends over time

Social care for adults with learning disabilities in England: trends over time The purpose of this paper is to examine trends over time in social care usage and expenditure for adults with learning disabilities in England.Design/methodology/approachReturns from councils with social services responsibilities in England concerning social care usage and expenditure were analysed to examine the national picture and trends over time for adults with learning disabilities.FindingsIn 2017/2018, 147,915 adults with learning disabilities were receiving long-term social care, an increase of 5.7 per cent from 2014/2015. Social care expenditure increased by 10.2 per cent from 2014/2015 to £5.54bn in 2017/2018; adjusted for inflation this was a 2.7 per cent increase. For adults with learning disabilities who receive social care, increasing numbers of people are living with families or in supported accommodation/living, with gradual declines in the number of people living in residential or nursing care. The number of adults with learning disabilities in temporary accommodation is small but increasing.Social implicationsWhile councils appear to be attempting to protect social care for adults with learning disabilities in the face of cuts to council expenditure, social care expenditure and coverage are not keeping pace with likely increases in the number of adults with learning disabilities requiring social care.Originality/valueThis paper presents in one place statistics concerning long-term social care for adults with learning disabilities in England. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tizard Learning Disability Review Emerald Publishing

Social care for adults with learning disabilities in England: trends over time

Tizard Learning Disability Review , Volume 24 (2): 7 – May 17, 2019

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1359-5474
DOI
10.1108/tldr-02-2019-0003
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine trends over time in social care usage and expenditure for adults with learning disabilities in England.Design/methodology/approachReturns from councils with social services responsibilities in England concerning social care usage and expenditure were analysed to examine the national picture and trends over time for adults with learning disabilities.FindingsIn 2017/2018, 147,915 adults with learning disabilities were receiving long-term social care, an increase of 5.7 per cent from 2014/2015. Social care expenditure increased by 10.2 per cent from 2014/2015 to £5.54bn in 2017/2018; adjusted for inflation this was a 2.7 per cent increase. For adults with learning disabilities who receive social care, increasing numbers of people are living with families or in supported accommodation/living, with gradual declines in the number of people living in residential or nursing care. The number of adults with learning disabilities in temporary accommodation is small but increasing.Social implicationsWhile councils appear to be attempting to protect social care for adults with learning disabilities in the face of cuts to council expenditure, social care expenditure and coverage are not keeping pace with likely increases in the number of adults with learning disabilities requiring social care.Originality/valueThis paper presents in one place statistics concerning long-term social care for adults with learning disabilities in England.

Journal

Tizard Learning Disability ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: May 17, 2019

Keywords: Adult social care; Learning disabilities; England; Intellectual disability; Local authorities; National statistics

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