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21 April 2017

Where does councils' money come from to pay for adult social care?

Public spending on social care in England isn’t allocated in the same way that spending on something like health is. It’s also not provided completely free at the point of care like the NHS or schools.

There are 152 councils in England responsible for providing social care to their residents. Each one pays for the social care services it provides from within its own budget. The money councils have to spend on all the services and functions they provide comes from three main sources: council tax, business rates and money directly from the government.

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