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£1.9M FOR JOINT WORKING BETWEEN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THE NHS

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A total of£1.9m will be distributed to local government to spend jointly with its NHS partners, Jane Hutt, ministe...
A total of£1.9m will be distributed to local government to spend jointly with its NHS partners, Jane Hutt, minister for health and social services, has announced.

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.

Ms Hutt said: 'I am delighted to announce the approval of this funding which continues to demonstrate the assembly's commitment to more integrated service delivery.

'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.'

Notes

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.

Local Authority

Allocation

(£)

Anglesey

56,323

Blaenau Gwent

60,199

Bridgend

82,301

Caerphilly

104,367

Cardiff

171,927

Carmarthenshire

105,428

Ceredigion

52,808

Conwy

79,905

Denbighshire

69,537

Flintshire

83,786

Gwynedd

60,861

Merthyr Tydfil

56,162

Monmouthshire

55,241

Neath Port Talbot

96,530

Newport

88,749

Pembrokeshire

74,617

Powys

75,579

Rhondda Cynon Taff

141,491

Swansea

132,700

Torfaen

67,275

Vale of Glamorgan

75,194

Wrexham

84,326

TOTAL

£1,878,775

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