The government announced today it was committing £985,000 to support the development of health and wellbeing boards.

In a statement, the Department of Health said the funds will be used to “create a learning programme to develop solutions on key challenges around joint working between local government and the NHS”.

It will also go towards developing an “interactive online forum, tools and events to show-case and share this learning”, and supporting councillors working on the boards.

The funding was announced by health secretary Andrew Lansley at the Local Government Association conference in Birmingham.