This helpful comparator report produced by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) analyses data from the Short and Long Term (SALT) Support data collection.
This is the first year of the new SALT return, and many councils advised HSCIC of issues experienced with its implementation. Users should refer to the Data Quality statement in the SALT report for further details about local and national issues that arose in the first year of collection.
Comparator groups are a selection of 15 councils considered to be similar to the chosen council. They are selected according to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Nearest Neighbour Model, which identifies similarities between councils based on a range of socio-economic indicators. Further information on this can be found on the CIPFA website at: http://www.cipfastats.net/resources/nearestneighbours
The Community Care Statistics provide an overall report on the social care activity of Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs) in England. It contains information taken from council administrative systems used to record the process of assessing eligibility to state funded social care and providing services where people are eligible. It uses data from the new SALT return for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.