Announcement on Spring Budget
The Chancellor delivered this year’s Spring Budget this Wednesday (8 March). This included some significant announcements on social care funding that will have an impact on the Better Care Fund (BCF) in 2017/18 and 2018/19.
A new grant, worth £2bn over the next three years, will be paid to local authorities (LAs) with social care responsibilities. This funding will be additional to the existing Improved Better Care Fund (IBCF) allocations to LAs. The grant conditions for the IBCF will require councils to include this money in the local BCF Plan, and is intended to enable areas to take immediate action to fund care packages for more people, support social care providers, and relieve pressure on the NHS locally by implementing best practice set out in the High Impact Change Model for managing transfers of care. Use of the funding will be set out shortly in the policy framework and planning guidance.
More details on the allocations for each authority, and an explanation of the method used to calculate these can be found here.
Further announcements related to health in budget included:
- An additional £325m will be provided to allow the first NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) to proceed.
- £100m will be provided immediately for onsite GP triage in NHS A&E departments to alleviate waiting times
KiCA Board members will be meeting KCC to discuss in the coming weeks starting with our quarterly contracts meeting on 22nd March 2017 – we will feedback on KCC position following this meeting