Better Care Fund

The £5.3bn Better Care Fund was announced by the Government in the June 2013 spending round, to ensure a transformation in integrated health and social care.

The Better Care Fund (BCF) is one of the most ambitious programmes across the NHS and local government to date. It creates a local single pooled budget to incentivise the NHS and local government to work more closely together around people, placing their wellbeing as the focus of health and care services, and shifting resources into social care and community services for the benefit of the people, communities and health and care systems. For more detail about the background to the BCF, please visit NHSE webpage.

For the latest news and announcements about BCF, please sign up to the Integration and BCF Bulletin via email to; this is a weekly e-newsletter for those responsible for the development and implementation of BCF plans and wider integration.


2019 to 2020 Better Care Fund: Policy Framework


The LGA was commissioned to provide bespoke support to local areas to develop their BCF for 2017-19. For more information, go to Better Care support offer.

The LGA has not endorsed the Planning Requirements.

Quarterly reporting 

BCF data collection and performance reports.

Regional Better Care managers

Detailed list of areas managed by the Better Care managers

How to guides

A series of how to guides were produced to help areas with the implementation of their BCF plan. These documents are working drafts based on the best evidence available. If you have any feedback please email

Other useful tools and documents


If you have any questions please contact:

For local government specific queries, please email