Title: Adult Social Care Data: Year ending 31 March 2014, England

Authors: Rose Edwards, Publisher: RNIB, Year of publication: 2015


Social care can help people to live as independently as possible by providing help with day to day domestic and personal tasks, both in people’s own homes and in residential settings. Social care may be provided by local authorities, by unpaid carers such as friends and family, or a combination of both. Social care may also be arranged directly by users of the services themselves without any council involvement. This briefing draws from and updates some of the information in the ‘Secondary Analysis of Adult Social Care Data’ (Byron, Blake, 2013) exploring trends over time in the social care that blind and partially sighted people receive. It is important to note that the administrative data referred to in this briefing contain information only about care that is specifically provided and paid for by local authorities. This includes ‘professional support’ for blind and partially sighted people, which is defined as activity by professional staff that are not part of the case management process. In addition, all the data provided relates to England only

Key findings   

  • The number of adults receiving social care services has fallen for all groups in recent years. However, the reduction in services has been much greater for people receiving support for visual impairment than for other groups.
  • In 2013/14 the number of blind and partially sighted people receiving social care had fallen by 6 per cent in comparison to the previous year. Since 2005/06 the number of blind and partially sighted people receiving social care has almost halved.
  • In particular, there has been a decrease in community based services, which have fallen at a greater rate for blind and partially sighted people than other groups.
  • The proportion of people registered as blind and partially sighted that are receiving care has fallen from 16 per cent in 2005/06 to 9 per cent in 2013/14.
  • The reduction in services and the proportion of registered blind and partially sighted people that receive care vary by region and age group.

Additional downloads

The full adult social care dataset can be downloaded below.

Related reports

The following two documents - the original secondary analysis of the adult social care data carried out by NatCen, and a briefing - were published in 2013: