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Secondary analysis of adult social care data

Braille
Published: September 2013

Aim

RNIB is concerned that blind and partially sighted people have been adversely affected by a reduction in adult social care in England. We analysed administrative data about social care users to investigate this concern.

Findings

There has been a decline in the number of people receiving local authority provided social care and this has affected blind and partially sighted people more than some other groups.

  • Between 2005 and 2012 there was a 35% decline in the number of blind and partially sighted people receiving local authority social care compared with a decline of 16% for services users as a whole.
  • The increase in direct payments received was less for blind and partially sighted people (212%) than for other groups (272% for all types of user).
  • The decline in the number of blind and partially sighted people receiving local authority provided social care services was greater for older than younger people.

Methodology

The project involved scoping and secondary analysis of anonymised administrative data from the NASCIS portal (National Adult Social Care Intelligence Service). 

We used data from Referrals, Assessments and Packages of Care (RAP), Registered Blind and Partially Sighted and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults (AVA). 

Read the report