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Extra funds for stroke victims

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Local authorities across England and Wales will be given an average of£100,000 a year to pay for better treatment for stroke victims.

The cash, part of a£77m Department of Health package, could enable councils to employ a stroke care co-ordinator, among other services.

It includes one-off payments of£2.7m to each strategic health authority to improve response times.

Anne McDonald, the Local Government Association’s programme director for community wellbeing, welcomed the funding, but warned the ring-fencing of the money could stifle councils’ ability to work in partnership in spending it.

However Jon Barrick, Stroke Association chief executive, said ring-fencing could force more co-operation between councils and health services.

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