The iBCF was created in Spending Review 2015 and provided local government with new funding for adult social care. Photo: iStock

Vulnerable people across England last year received almost 13 million extra hours of home visits from social care workers, according to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

This was the result of the £674 million Improved Better Care Fund (iBCF) programme that connects the NHS and local council services, it added.

The funding provided in 2018-19 also helped the social care market by enabling councils to increase the fees paid to social care providers by more than 4 per cent.

“Councils are on the frontline caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our society and we are determined to continue supporting them in this vital work,” said Local Government Minister Luke Hall.

The Health and Wellbeing Boards, which coordinate the provision of social care in 150 areas in England, reported that this year’s funding has paid for almost 75,000 extra home care packages and over 15,500 additional care home placements.

It also helped to reduce the pressure on the NHS by tackling delayed transfers of care through supporting more people to be discharged from the hospital when they are ready.

“We are determined to ensure people are able to access good quality, compassionate care by better joining up councils and health services,” said Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage.

The iBCF was created in Spending Review 2015 and provides local government with new funding for adult social care.

The fund also allows the commissioning of a range of community pharmacy services.

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