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Better Care Fund

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the expenditure at constant prices of the Better Care Fund for each financial year since its inception; what is the expected expenditure of that Fund in the current year; and what is the forecast expenditure for financial year 2020/21.

Photo of Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The total expenditure through the Better Care Fund (BCF) from 2015-16 to 2018-19 in nominal and constant prices is set out in the following table. This includes National Health Service clinical commissioning group (CCG) contributions, the Disabled Facilities Grant, the improved BCF and additional voluntary NHS and local government contributions.

In 2019-20, the BCF will be a minimum of £6.422 billion in nominal prices. This excludes voluntary contributions, which were over £2 billion in 2018-19.

For 2020-21, the 2019 Spending Round announced that the NHS CCG minimum allocations would continue into 2020-21 with a real-terms increase of 3.4%, and that the improved Better Care Fund would be maintained at flat cash.

Total BCF Contribution

Nominal prices

2018/19 prices

2015/16

£5.3 billion

£5.7 billion

2016/17

£5.9 billion

£6.1 billion

2017/18

£7.3 billion

£7.5 billion

2018/19

£7.7 billion

£7.7 billion

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