FINANCE: NHS Warwickshire has proposed transferring more than £6m to Warwickshire County Council to develop reablement services.

The primary care trust’s July board meeting was recommended to approve the transfer to fund a development plan already approved by the West Midlands strategic health authority.

The sum of £6.03m is the PCT’s total allocation from a £648m national fund to be spent jointly by PCTs and councils.

The Department of Health has recommended that the fund be spent on services such as short stay residential care, residential respite care, preventative services and telehealth.

The aim develop current reablement capacity in councils, community health services and the independent and voluntary sector.

Next year, the PCT’s allocation will be £5.8m, representing a 4 per cent cut.