Cost of Living Support

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All local authorities conduct a wide range of benchmarking activities to better understand comparative performance and value across key services. We use this information:

  • To inform budget setting
  • To prioritise and drive improvements
  • To ensure members have the opportunity to compare performance with other similar local authorities and regional neighbouring authorities

In 2020-21 we received 72,431 new requests for support compared to the previous years 33,000 new requests.

This is a considerable rise in both age groups, and it is now in line with our comparators for the 18-64 age group, and above average for 65+.

The increase is due to a combination of the Covid-19 impact as well as system changes whereby a new methodology was created to report on new requests.

  • 27.5% (19,905) of the new contacts went on to receive some form of support from the council, and 5,759 were resolved with advice or directed support in the community.
  • 11,764 people used reablement services to help them regain their independence, and 68% of adults following reablement no longer required services.
  • 4,094 people went on to receive a long-term service. This is an increase of 42% compared to 2019-20. Out of these, 3,265 received community care (1,691 in 2019-20) and 829 went on to nursing or residential care (1,183 in 2019-20).

In 2020-21 this is how we supported Essex people:

  • 20,377 adults with long-term support needs during the year, a slight decrease compared to previous year (20,923)
  • 68% of all adults with an ongoing service were supported in their own home, this is increase from previous year (67%)
  • 38.5% of older adults (65+) receive residential or nursing care
  • 15.5% of all adults decided to take their Personal Budget as a Direct Payment, this is a reduction from the previous year (18%)
  • 27.6% of working age adults have a full direct payment, and only 4.8% of older adults (65+) have a full direct payment.

The Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework is a national data base that monitors the quality and impact of adult social care services. The below table shows how well we performed in 2020-21 compared to last year, and it also shows our performance against National and CIPFA 10* averages.

Essex ASCOF performance shows that 69% of the indicators are similar or better than National and CIPFA comparator averages, 38% of the indicators are similar to last year and 31% are better than last year.

Measure
Essex 2019-20
Essex 2020-21
CIPFA 10
England 2020-21
How well did we do?
Social care users receiving self-directed support  63.8% 65.6% 90.6% 92.2% Slightly better than last year Worse than the national and comparator averages
Carers receiving self-directed support  100% 100% 97.6% 87.1% Same as last year
Proportion of people who use services who receive direct payments 25.4% 25.7% 29.7% 26.6% Similar to last year with a slight increase
Similar to the national average and worse than comparators
Proportion of carers who receive direct payments 100% 100% 92.7% 75.3% Same as last year
Proportion of adults with a learning disability in paid employment  4.9% 4.6% 3.2% 5.1% Slightly less than last year
Proportion of adults with mental health needs in full time employment (%) 31.0% 21.0% 10.0% 9.0% Not as well as last year
However, better than the national and comparator averages
Proportion of adults with a learning disability who live in their own home or with their family  57.7% 45.4% 73.8% 78.3% Not as well as last year
Significantly worse than the national and comparator average
Measure only includes individuals reviewed in 20-21 and due to Covid-19, reviews were reduced causing this drop
Proportion of adults of working age with secondary mental health needs living independently 30.0% 25.0% 52.0% 58.0% Not as well as last year
Significantly worse than the national and comparator average
Measure only includes individuals reviewed in 20-21 and relies on external systems data input
Long term support needs of working-age adults (18-64) met by admission to residential and nursing care homes, per 100,000 population 7 10.5 14.7 13.3 Not as well as last year
However, better than the national and comparator averages
Long term support needs of older adults (65+) met by admission to residential and nursing care homes, per 100,000 population 510.5 449.2 459.7 498.2 Better than last year
Better than the national and comparator averages
Proportion of older adults (65+) who were still at home 91 days after discharge from hospital into reablement or rehabilitation services. 90.1% 83.4% 81.1% 79.1% Not as well as last year
However, better than the national and comparator averages
Proportion of older adults who received reablement or rehabilitation services after discharge from hospital.  2.9% 4.1% 2.5% 2.6% Better than last year
Better than the national and comparator averages
Proportion of those receiving a short-term service who were discharged successfully (no further care, or to a lower level of care) 57.6% 44.7% 79.5% 74.9% Not as well as last year
Significantly worse than the national and comparator average
Due to system changes, this reported measure highlights inaccuracies and so will be amended in future reporting
Last updated: 27/05/2022