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6 May 2014 | Will Green
Charities made up half of the top 10 suppliers of health and social care services to high tier councils in England during 2012/13.
According to Porge Research, a total of £5.4 billion was spent on such services in that period.
Alice Watson, founder of Porge, said: “With the elderly population increasing and public finances shrinking, the health and social care market is in the spotlight. Creative solutions are sought to reduce costs while maintaining standards of care. Removing profit from the equation and using more not-for-profit providers such as charities and social enterprises is often cited as a potentially advantageous route.
"Our data shows that not-for-profit providers are already well established in the market.”
The data also shows the biggest spenders on health and social care services were Essex, Surrey and Hertfordshire county councils.
The research firm said top tier councils in England - defined as county, metropolitan and unitary councils and the London boroughs - spent a total of £30.3 billion on services bought in from the private sector in 2012/13.
The biggest areas of spend were housing and social care (30.36 per cent), housebuilding (25.53 per cent), and roads and transport (19.53 per cent).
Top 10 suppliers of health and social care services by share of £5.4 billion spend:
1. Mencap – 1.78 per cent
2. Priory Group – 1.78 per cent
3. Care UK – 1.63 per cent
4. Action For Children – 1.57 per cent
5. Four Seasons Health Care – 1.55 per cent
6. Bupa – 1.42 per cent
7. Barnardo’s – 1.37 per cent
8. Age UK – 1.22 per cent
9. Cambrian Group – 1.01 per cent
10. United Response – 0.97 per cent
Top 10 buyers of health and social care services:
1. Essex County Council
2. Surrey County Council
3. Hertfordshire County Council
4. Kent County Council
5. Birmingham City Council
6. Oxfordshire County Council
7. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
8. Leeds City Council
9. West Sussex County Council
10. Buckinghamshire County Council