Better Care Funding
Haringey has teamed up with Islington Council to press the government to play fair on care funding.
Cllr Jason Arthur, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Health, and Cllr Janet Burgess MBE, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Health & Social Care, have written an open letter to Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health.
In it, they highlight the vital role the Better Care Fund plays in helping councils pay for care for their residents, but criticise a series of last minute changes made to the conditions attached to the release of funding earlier this year.
They note that council cash could now be withdrawn if hospitals are unable to meet targets on discharging patients back into the community. While the two sets of organisations work together on this every day, these new rules mean that local authorities could lose out on vital money through no fault of their own.
Cllr Arthur said:
“We are determined that our residents receive the best possible care, both in hospitals and through social care. That’s why we’re hugely disappointed with the government’s changes to conditions attached to the Better Care Fund, which mean that councils could lose vital social care funding through no fault of their own.”
You can read the joint letter below.
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