Rural England

Help from social services

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • Slightly fewer older people receive help from social services to live at home in rural authorities than in urban authorities but the difference is not substantial.
  • See the UK indicator on help to live at home.

Rural/urban ratios (urban = 10)

On most poverty and social exclusion indicators, rural areas have ‘better scores’ than urban areas. The purpose of the table below is to differentiate between those subjects where rural areas are ‘a bit better’ and those where rural areas are ‘a lot better’. It does so by presenting the rural statistics for the indicator as a proportion of the urban statistics. So, for example, a rural ‘score’ of 6 in the table below means that the rural statistic is around 60% of its urban equivalent.

'Mostly rural' authorities9
''Part rural' authorities9

Definitions and data sources

The graphs

The graph shows the number of people aged 75 and over being helped to live at home at the end of the financial year (March).  The data is expressed per 1,000 population aged 75 and over.

Unlike most of the other indicators, this indicator is not a measure of need and should not be taken as a proxy for levels of older people’s health or family-support.  Rather, it is an indicator of the level of social services departments’ provision.

Level of the data

Upper tier local authorities.  Both the classification rules and their results by local authority can be found on the page on rural/urban classification systems.  Note that there is no official government rural/urban classification system for upper tier local authorities but that the one used here has been designed to be consistent with the DEFRA 2009 classification system for lower tier local authorities.


PS2 statistics from the NHS Information Centre, with the day being obtained via the National Adult Social Care Intelligence Service (NASCIS).  Note that the data is a snapshot of those receiving services at the end of the financial year rather than all those who have received services at some time during the year.

External links

See Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on Social care in rural areas.

The numbers

Type of authorityPer 1,000 people aged 75 and over
'Mostly rural' authorities116
'Part rural' authorities110
Urban authorities128