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The Better Care Fund is with us until at least 2020, and with it a major – and relatively new – application of pooled budgets. CIPFA’s main guidance on pooled budgets was last updated pre-BCF, in 2009. Many of the principles discussed in
Nonetheless, it makes sense to issue an update which takes account of the reorganisation of the NHS and the introduction of the BCF in 2015/16. That revision is planned by the summer. Meantime, practical points continue to emerge on how to treat the BCF, which has become, alongside STPs, the primary means of taking forward the Government’s declared intention of facilitating health and social care integration in all localities by 2020.