Expenditure on Adult Learning Disabilities Health and Social Care


There are over 21,000 adults with learning disabilities in Scotland. We investigated changes in expenditure on adult learning disabilities health and social care services from 2012/13 to 2016/17. This provides useful baseline expenditure data on adult learning disabilities services for the whole country with which trends/changes can be measured to further investigate the impact of economic and policy changes on learning disabilities health and care services.

The results on per capita expenditure (expenditure per person with learning disabilities) on adult health and social care services in Scotland are presented below. 

Per capita expenditure (£) on adult learning disabilities health care across Scottish health boards, by year

Adult learning disabilities health care

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Per capita expenditure (£) on adult learning disabilities social care across Scottish local authorities, by year

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Per capita expenditure (£) on adult learning disabilities health and social care across Scotland, by year

Adult learning disabilities health and social care

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Summary Information

21,683 adults with learning disabilities in 2016/17 in Scotland


  • The total expenditure on adult learning disabilities health and social care in 2016/17 compared to that of 2012/13, shows that the expenditure on these services is flat-lining despite rising living costs.


  • Large variation in per capita health and social care expenditure on adult learning disabilities services across Scotland


  • Per capita health care expenditure on adult learning disabilities services is less in rural areas than urban areas


  • Per capita social care expenditure on adult learning disabilities services is greater in rural areas than urban areas


Sources of Data

 

The data on the Scottish health and social care expenditure used in this study can be viewed by clicking the links below: