Scotland

Help from social services

Key points

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Graph 1: Over time

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Graph 2: By local authority

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Map

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Definitions and data sources

The first graph shows the number of people aged 65 and over receiving home care from their local authority.  The data is expressed per 1,000 population aged 65 and over.  From 1998 onwards, the data is shown separately for those receiving 10 hours or more of help per week and those receiving less than 10 hours per week (this division is not available for the earlier years).

The second graph and map show how the proportion of people aged 65 and over receiving home care varies by local authority.  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average over the latest three years.

The data source for both graphs is the Community Care Statistics of the Scottish Government (the data is not publicly available).

Overall adequacy of the indicator: medium.  The underlying data has been collected for a number of years and can be considered reliable.  However, the data is difficult to interpret as the number of people receiving home care depends on the local authority policies on how to ration available resources between those most in need of help and those less in need as well as on the scale of the available resources.

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