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Social Services: Hertfordshire

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will ensure that the funding formula for adult social services takes account of (a) trends in the level of demand for the services in an area and (b) demographic trends in an area, with particular reference to West Hertfordshire. (125232)

The information requested is as follows.

(a) Adult social services in West Hertfordshire are provided by Hertfordshire county council. The social services funding formulae are based on recent evidence of the relative need for social services across England. The current formulae draw on a 2005 survey of 18 local authorities who provide social services. Looking to the future, we are working with local government as part of the spending review process to ensure that demand for social services, and other cost pressures, are adequately funded.

(b) There are two adult social services formulae; one for younger adults’ social services and another for older people’s social services. Each formula is calculated using the number of people in the relevant age group in each council area, and a range of relevant socio economic characteristics. For example the younger adults’ social services formula is calculated using the following data:

Projected resident population aged 18 to 64

Adults in receipt of disability living allowance aged l8 to 64

People who have never worked or are long term unemployed

People in routine occupations

Households without family

Using projected population estimates in the funding formulae ensures that the formulae take account of demographic trends in each council area.