Direct payments

Please can you tell me the numbers of people within the local authority who have been assessed as needing help from social services and who started to receive direct payments to pay for their care in each of the following years: 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016 to 2017.

We have interpreted your request to refer to people within the local authority area rather than employees of the local authority, ie within the local authority.

Please see the table below:

 Year  Number of Adult Clients who did not have Direct  Payments in the previous year, i.e. new payments
 2014/15   852
 2015/16   838
2016/17   654