Better Care Fund

  • Councils and NHS row over Better Care Fund use

    18 June 2024

    Some Integrated Care Boards (ICB) are seeking to challenge or repurpose the parts of the Better Care Fund (BCF) earmarked for social care funding, senior Local Government Association (LGA) councillors have been told.

  • ADCS head calls for local funding model for children's mental health

    05 July 2023

    The head of England’s children’s services chiefs has called for a new place-based funding model for children’s mental health similar to the Better Care Fund.

  • Row holds up Better Care Fund plan

    27 September 2021

    A multi-million pound dispute means Cornwall Council and the NHS Kernow care commissioning group have yet to sign off their Better Care Fund (BCF) plan for this year.

  • Spending review: Greater certainty is needed on social care reform

    26 November 2020

    The Spending Review was a missed chance to provide adequate funding and a firm basis for the reforms the Government has committed to bring forward, says Dr Eleanor Roy.

  • Calm prevails despite tough times

    25 February 2020

    A lack of clarity on funding, including on temporary monies for social care and SEND beyond 31 March 2021 means these are challenging times, says Gary Fielding - but despite this most senior officers and councillors seem remarkably calm, he adds.

  • Councils under ministerial pressure over winter care funding

    21 January 2020

    Ministers have piled pressure on councils to maintain winter funding for home care packages, hours of care and care home placements as bed blocking increases.

  • Medway's success in reducing delayed transfers of care

    20 January 2020

    Chris McKenzie outlines how innovation and strong partnership working has enabled Medway to reduce levels of delayed transfers of care (DToC) to among some of the lowest levels in the region.

  • Money for something

    11 September 2019

    The Spending Round announcement last week seems a positive move for the sector on the face of it, but raises questions over the the future balance between central control and local discretion says David Phillips.

  • Districts are still waiting for those funding assurances

    20 August 2019

    The opening of the Treasury's purse since the new Prime Minister came into office may augur well for district councils and the rest of local government, says Ian Miller.

  • Councils face more funding uncertainty

    14 August 2019

    ‘Indicative numbers’ for the amount councils will receive in 2020/21 will not be published before next month’s Spending Review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has admitted after it missed a self-imposed deadline.

  • 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.