Better Care Fund

  • Why Staffordshire dares to care

    09 July 2019

    Without a national solution, it’s likely councils will have to intervene even more in the care of the elderly. Dr Richard Harling explains why Staffordshire CC has chosen to launch its own nursing home venture


  • Showtime by the seaside

    09 July 2019

    Ministers, mandarins, town hall, Whitehall and more all met in Bournemouth last week for the Local Government Association conference. Michael Burton reports on the highlights


  • What future for local services?

    03 July 2019

    As public sector finance specialists prepare to attend CIPFA's annual conference in Birmingham this week, speaker at the event Graham Atkins says delays to the Spending Review mean councils must plan for more efficiencies.


  • A case of cuts and a confidence crisis

    03 July 2019

    The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ annual survey reveals a pessimistic sector. Martin Ford reports.


  • The art of budgeting

    12 June 2019

    We need to know what extra money we are going to get in the Spending Review, not just a continuation of funding streams such as the Improved Better Care Fund (IBCF), says Tony Kirkham.


  • The cost of the care challenge

    15 May 2019

    The recent collapse into administration of care provider Four Seasons has highlighted the huge financial pressures the sector faces. Michael Burton examines the figures


  • Call for greater focus on culture change in integration drive

    30 April 2019

    Huge cultural and behavioural differences between health and care need more consideration, consultancy Impower has urged.


  • Social care precept 'avoided catastrophe'

    11 April 2019

    The introduction of the social care precept ‘avoided catastrophe’ but the sector still faces a funding gap of at least £15bn, a senior figure told The MJ’s Future Forum today.


  • Call for outcome focus as DToC pressure reduces

    08 March 2019

    Health and social care systems should increase their focus on outcomes for individuals as Whitehall softens its threats around delayed transfer of care (DToC) figures, a report today has suggested.


  • New data proves iBCF impact

    22 October 2018

    More than two out of three English councils were able to increase home care provision as a result of the Improved Better Care Fund, according to new data.


  • Integration progress 'slower than anticipated'

    19 September 2018

    Progress on health and social care integration has been ‘much slower than anticipated,’ senior councillors have heard.


  • Better Care Fund stand-off continues

    27 July 2018

    The stand-off between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Better Care Fund (BCF) officials will continue after Smith Square refused to endorse the latest guidance.


  • Simon Stevens outlines 'opportunity to review' Better Care Fund

    20 July 2018

    The social care green paper and NHS’ 10-year plan provides an ‘opportunity to review’ the Better Care Fund (BCF), NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has suggested.


  • Rising social care costs spell doom for services

    13 June 2018

    Council spending on adult social care is squeezing cash out of other services, fresh analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has shown.


  • IFS implores action over growing social care funding chasm

    20 March 2018

    The Government will need to scrap its funding reforms, significantly boost top-ups or centralise care if it is to plug the social care funding gap, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned today.


  • Fears raised over £2bn emergency care fund 'crisis spending'

    15 March 2018

    Most emergency social care cash has been spent on tackling immediate crises, a new study has found.


  • LGA chief says BCF has 'come to end of its life'

    01 December 2017

    The Better Care Fund (BCF) in its current form has ‘come to the end of it’s life’, the chief executive of the Local Government Association has claimed.


  • Transformation call as areas miss targets

    14 November 2017

    A health expert has called for a ‘huge investment in transformation’ after more than 100 areas missed their delayed transfer of care (DTOC) target.


  • County funding plans under threat amid uncertain Budget

    27 September 2017

    Counties have intensified their campaign for more funding – targeting the Treasury and urging swift action to tackle escalating uncertainty over revenues.


  • Care ‘catastrophe’

    27 September 2017

    Friction rises as council leaders warn over Whitehall’s threats to withhold bed-blocking cash.