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Statistics Release Financial Provision, 2003

DescriptionTo present National figures on Scottish Local Authority Financial Provision
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Website Publication DateMarch 31, 2004

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    Financial Provision, 2003

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    Introduction

    The purpose of this Statistics Release is to present national figures on Scottish Local Authority Financial Provision. It applies to payments made during the period 1 st April 2002 to 31 st March 2003 under section 12 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 and sections 22 and 25 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. These figures are provisional and as such are subject to change.

    Main Points - Adults
    • During the year to 31 March 2003 local authorities in Scotland made an estimated 25,036 payments worth around 600,000 under section 12 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968.
    • Chart 1 shows the reason categories for grants/loans being issued.
    • Of the 600,000 issued, local authorities recovered 8,000 (Table 2).

    Chart 1

    The information is derived from returns made to the Scottish Executive by Scottish Local Authorities. Refer to the background information outlined later in this information note for further details relating to the collection of financial provision data.

    Main Points - Children
    • During the year to 31 March 2003 local authorities in Scotland made an estimated 70,717 payments worth over 3.2 million under sections 22 and 25 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.
    • Chart 2 shows the reason categories for grants/loans being issued.

    Chart2

    Financial Provision - Adults
    Payments made under section 12 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968

    Table 1 shows summary information for grants and loans issued by local authorities in Scotland during the year to 31 March 2003.

    The average amount of individual grants/loans was 24 although this ranged from 13 to 80 among the grant/loan reason categories.

    Table 1 shows the number and value of payments by payment reason.

    Table 1

    Overall, 1.3% of the total value of grants/loans issued was recovered. However, only 18 of the 32 authorities recovered any of their payments. These 18 recovered 8,000 (4% of the amount they had paid out).

    Of the 18 authorities that recovered part of the amount they had paid out in grants/loans, Orkney recovered most (64%), followed by East Ayrshire, Stirling and Dumfries and Galloway (all 12%).

    The numbers of grants and the amounts issued varied greatly between the local authorities.

    Table 2 shows the data supplied by local authorities on number of payments made, amounts paid and amounts recovered.

    Table 3 presents summary information for the first three years of this survey.

    Table 2

    Table 3

    Financial Provision - Children
    Payments made under section 22 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

    Table 4 shows summary information for grants and loans issued by local authorities in Scotland during the year to 31 March 2003.

    The average amount of individual grants/loans was 45 although this ranged from 15 to 293 among the grant/loan reason categories.

    Table 4

    Less than 1% of the total value of grants/loans issued was recovered. The 17 authorities that recovered some of the amounts they had paid out recovered nearly 26,000 (1.4% of the amount they had paid out.

    Of the 17 authorities that recovered part of the amount they had paid out in grants/loans, Orkney recovered most (32%), followed by Clackmannanshire (10%).

    The numbers of grants and the amounts issued varied greatly between the local authorities.

    City of Edinburgh council accounted for around 29% of the total amount issued as grants/loans.

    Table 5 shows the data supplied by local authorities on number of payments made, amounts paid and amounts recovered.

    Table 6 presents summary information for the first two years of this survey.

    Table 5

    Table 6

    Background information on the Financial Provision Survey, 2003

    The financial provision survey is intended to cover all payments made by Scottish Local Authorities under section 12 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 and sections 22 and 25 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.

    Local authorities were asked to provide information relating to the period 1 st April 2002 to 31 March 2003 on number of payments, value of payments and amounts recovered for section 12, 22 and 25 payments.

    Responses were obtained from all 32 local authorities.

    Dundee City Council did not provide figures for the number of grants/loans issued under Section 12 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968. The numbers of grants/loans issued by Dundee were estimated using the Scottish averages for each category.

    Dundee City Council were unable to differentiate between payments made under the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 and the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. A figure was provided for the total value of payments for the year. The only breakdown available was the total amount spent on travel payments. The totals provided were split using the Scottish averages for each category.

    City of Edinburgh Council did not provide figures for the number of grants/loans issued under Section 12 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968. The numbers of grants/loans issued by Edinburgh were estimated using the Scottish averages for each category.

    City of Edinburgh Council did not split the value of section 12 payments between the energy, rent, travel and food categories. The total figure provided was apportioned to these four categories using the Scottish averages for each category.

    City of Edinburgh Council did not provide a breakdown of the value of sections 22 and 25 payments. The total figure provided was apportioned to the seven categories using the Scottish averages for each category.

    Fife Council provided a combined figure for travel payments and 'other' payments. The total provided was split using the Scottish averages for each category.

    Care should be taken when using information from the sections that include estimated data.

    Some column totals in the tables in this document may not exactly equal the sum of their component parts due to the effects of rounding.

    The financial provision survey also asked for information on payments made to asylum seekers under sections 12, 22 and 25. These were published in the Financial Provision and Direct Payments, 2002 Statistics Release but have subsequently been deemed unreliable as they included payments made and recovered under the pre NASS (National Asylum Support Service) Home Office support arrangements.

    Further Information

    Further details and analysis of the data presented in this Statistics Release are available on request from the address below. The Statistics Release is also available on the Internet by accessing the Scottish Executive web site ( www.scotland.gov.uk/stats).

    Community Care Statistics
    Room 3WR
    St Andrew's House
    Regent Road
    Edinburgh
    EH1 3DG

    Contact: Steven Gillespie
    Tel: 0131 244 3777
    Fax: 0131 244 5427
    E-mail SWstat@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

    This statistics release was published on
    31 st March 2004.