The assembly minister has approved proposals for the joint working special grant 2001-2 from each of the 22 local authorities in Wales. The aim of the grant scheme is to support the development of formal partnerships under the Health Act 1999 Increased Flexibilities Partnership Framework which seeks to encourage closer joint working between the NHS and local government than was previously possible.
'The grant will provide local authorities with much needed capacity to strengthen partnership working with their NHS partners. The funding will also be used to support services for a wide range of client groups including services for children, the elderly and people with physical disabilities. A relatively large proportion of the joint working special grant will also be used for emergency pressures planning and on schemes which will help reduce unnecessary admissions to hospital as well as supporting effective discharge processes.
'Details of each of the approved bids will be available on the assembly's internet site from today. As each authority will have a named contact for their proposal, I envisage that the partners will be able to exchange ideas and good practice.'
Ms Hutt added: 'I hope that this announcement will strengthen the existing joint working relationships by enabling local authorities and NHS bodies to work collaboratively on a more formal setting.'
The Health Act 1999 Increased Flexibilities Partnership Framework was launched by the minister for health and social services in November 2000 and the underpinning regulations came into force on 1 December 2000.
The Special Grant for Joint Working between the NHS and Local Government distributes£1.9m to local authorities in 2001-2. The indicative budget for future years' funding is£5m in 2002-3 and£10m in 2003-4.
A list of allocations of the grant for each of the 22 local authorities is attached.
Details of the schemes can be found here.
Neath Port Talbot
Rhondda Cynon Taff
Vale of Glamorgan