Journal Article

The Determinants of Expenditure on Children's Personal Social Services


in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 29, issue 5, pages 679-706
Published in print October 1999 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 1999 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
The Determinants of Expenditure on Children's Personal Social Services

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This paper reports the results of a statistical study of the determinants of expenditure on children's social services in twenty-five local authorities in England. The study was commissioned as part of the Government's review of Standard Spending Assessments for Personal Social Services. The study combined data from a variety of sources, including local authority registers, to infer the distribution of expenditure between 1,036 small areas with populations of about 10,000. Multilevel statistical techniques were used, and suggested that the principal determinants of expenditure are children in lone parent families, children in families of income support claimants, children living in flats, children with limiting long-standing illness, and population density. As well as these results, the study yielded important insights into potential improvements for Standard Spending Assessment methodology.

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Subjects: Social Work

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