Councils in England spent 7 per cent more on
social services in 2000-1 than the previous year, according to
statistics from the Department of Health.
During this period, councils spent £13bn
on social services. The majority was spent on services for older
people – 46 per cent, while 22 per cent of the total went to
children and families services.
The money spent on social services doubled
over the 10 years from 1990-1, according to the Statistical
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