Better Care Fund extended until 2017

The fund was created by the former government in a bid to help local authorities and NHS trusts integrate health and social care, but there had been uncertainty over whether the initiative would continue.

However, reports have emerged that local areas may be given authority to decide whether their current BCF schemes could be continued, adapted of discontinued over the next year, 2016-17.

Representatives from 11 different organisations, including the Local Government Association, NHS Confederation and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, called upon Chancellor George Osborne in an open letter. The letter urged Osborne to reverse his decision in the summer to cut £200 million from this year’s public health grant to councils.

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