Decision details

Social Care Better Care Fund Budget Monitoring Report – Quarter 3 2020/21

Decision Maker: Integrated Commissioning Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To update on spend against the Better Care Fund in 2020/21 as at the end of Quarter 3 (December 2020).


Consideration was given to a report of the Chief Finance Officer – Health & Social Care Integration, which sought to update the Board on the revised 2020/21 budgets for the Better Care Fund (BCF), with the Quarter 3 (April to December 2020) budget monitoring for the BCF for the financial year 2020/21.


Alternatives considered

It is a requirement of the National Health Service England guidance to produce a budget for 2020/21. The report updated the monitoring against the 2020/21 budget which is a requirement of the Section 75 agreement. Therefore there are no alternatives to consider.


1.    That the Quarter 3 monitoring information as at December 2020 period end be noted.

2.    That it be noted there are contingencies being held for budgets not yet allocated in 2020/21 of £37k and a forecast underspend against the equipment store budget of £175k giving a total forecast revenue underspend of £212k.

3.    That it be noted the forecast underspend against capital budgets of £363k in relation to the Autism Project adaptations (£150k) and the INT hubs (£213k), both of which are now expected to be spent in 2021/22.

4.    That it be noted an additional £355k DFG capital grant was allocated by the Government in December 2020, and that this increases the forecast in year underspend on DFG to £976k, which is expected to be spent in 2021/22. The forecast in year underspend relates primarily to delays in carrying out DFG adaptations as a result of Covid restrictions.


Reason for resolution

To update Members on the position of the Better Care Fund.

Report author: Gareth Davies ( for Adult Care Directorate & Public Health & Integrated Directorate)

Publication date: 15/02/2021

Date of decision: 26/01/2021

Decided at meeting: 26/01/2021 - Integrated Commissioning Board

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