Correspondence

NHS Funding Transfer To Local Authorities

A letter from the Department of Health to the NHS Commissioning Board about the 2013/14 transfer of funds from the NHS to local authorities.

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The Department has written to the NHS Commissioning Board with provisional information on the transfer of £859m in 2013/14 to from the NHS to local authorities

This funding was previously announced as part of the Spending Review and in the Care and Support White paper. It must support adult social care services in each authority, which also has a health benefit. The local authority and CCGs must agree together how to use the money. The letter describes the conditions of the transfer and allocation to each local authority.

The NHS contribution to social care is a real opportunity for integrated working between health and social care. In previous years, the transfer has supported services such as re-ablement and the interface between hospitals and care services.