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Home Care Services

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received publicly-funded home care during the September sample week during each of the last 11 years; and at what cost in each of those years. (249789)

I understand from the NHS Information Centre for health and social care that the number of people in receipt of publicly funded home care during the September sample week for each of the last 11 years, and the associated costs, are as shown in the following tables.

The figures for the estimated number of adult service users receiving home help or home care have decreased. This is because councils are prioritising those with the highest levels of need who otherwise may have had to enter residential care and thereby lose their independence. Consequently a more intensive service is being delivered to fewer people. In addition, some home care is now purchased through direct payments and such services are not included in the figures. Direct payments were introduced for adults of working age in April 1997, through the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act 1996. Direct payments were extended to older people in 2000.

Gross expenditure for home care is increasing year on year, because the proportion of those supported intensively to live at home independently has continued to increase.

Table 1: Estimated number of adult service users aged 18 and over receiving home help or home care, 2000-071: England, survey week during September

Service Users:

Rounded numbers

2000

414,700

2001

395,500

2002

382,000

2003

373,700

2004

368,600

2005

367,800

2006

359,000

2007

346,700

1 Households receiving home care purchased with a direct payment are excluded.

Source:

HHl Return

Table 2: Gross current expenditure for home care for adults aged 18 and over, in cash and real terms 1997-98 to 2007-08: England

£ million

Cash

Real1

1997-98

1,334

1,694

1998-99

1,419

1,764

1999-2000

1,539

1,877

2000-012

1,606

1,933

2001-02

1,691

1,991

2002-03

1,796

2,048

2003-043

1,982

2,198

2004-05

2,220

2,397

2005-06

2,486

2,630

2006-07

2,643

2,721

2007-084

2,718

2,718

1 Data have been adjusted to 2007-08 prices using the gross domestic product deflator.

2 In 2000-01 the PSS EXl Return was introduced, prior to this expenditure was collected on the RO3 return and is not comparable to previous years.

3 From 2003-04 onwards additional funding was made available via the Supporting People grant.

4 2007-08 data are provisional.

Source:

RO3 and PSS EX1 Return

I understand from the NHS Information Centre for health and social care that it collects and publishes information on people receiving Home Care during a sample week in September via the Home Help Return (HHl).

The results from the 2007 HHl returns were published with its corresponding tables, in Community Care Statistics 2007: Home Help/Care Services for adults, England. The publication and tables have been placed in the Library.

The results from the 2008 HHl returns are expected to be published in spring 2009.