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Letter to local authorities from Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis and Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb about the Better Care Fund.
Letter to local authorities from Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis and Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb about the Better Care Fund
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The Better Care Fund will provide £3.8 billion to local services to give elderly and vulnerable an improved health and social system. The guidance published today (20 December 2013) provides local areas with the detail they need to complete plans for how they will use their portion of the fund to join up health and care services around the needs of patients, so that people can stay at home more and be in hospital less.
The national conditions set out the things that each plan must consider, such as 7-day services and steps to improve data sharing; and £1 billion of the fund will be linked to improvements achieved in outcomes for local people to ensure the money is being spent in the right way. But there will also be as much flexibility as possible in the model of care local that areas develop to meet the needs of people in each area of England.