The Care Act 2014 “clarified” local authority responsibilities for people living in prisons and approved premises and this report describes what happened in the first 3 months from when the legislation was implemented in April 2015.

From April 2015 all local authorities with a prison in their area received an additional non-ring-fenced funding allocation to support these new responsibilities. Each authority’s allocation was based upon modelling undertaken jointly by the Department of Health and NOMS based on:

  • I.            The number of prisons in the local authority area
  • II.           The age profile of the individual prison
  • III.          The prison’s role i.e. a local prison with a high turnover of prisoners may generate more referrals but a specialist unit for sex offenders will have a lower turnover of prisoners but with more of them being older they were assumed to require more care and support services.

As well as answering specific questions, respondents were also invited to make comments on any issues that they considered relevant to the survey and these have been included in the script of this report where appropriate.

No individual local authority is named within this report as is the convention with other such surveys undertaken by ADASS.

It was hoped that this survey may indicate whether the modelling reflected practice and if not what changes in allocations needed to be made for 2016/17

This ADASS survey invited all local authorities in England with either a prison or approved premises to submit information on the following areas of activity for the 3 months April-June 2015:

  • I.            Referrals
  • II.            Assessments
  • III.            Eligibility for care and support
  • IV.            Nature of care and support provided
  • V.            Cost of provision
  • VI.            Use of advocacy
  • VII.            Charging of individual prisoners