English councils performed approximately 1.8m assessments of people’s needs and reviews of their care during 2010/11, at a cost of about £2.2bn; which is around 12% of gross spending on adult social care.
Councils in England could save £312m annually on adult social care if they were able to consistently match best practice on assessments and perform these client assessments more effectively, according to the Audit Commission.
Audit Commission urges social care savings of £300m. London: BBC News, August 23rd 2012.
Audit Commission (2012). Reducing the cost of assessments and reviews: an adult social care briefing for councils. London: Audit Commission, August 2012.