Meeting to discuss change in funding

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FUNDING for a programme to give the best start for young children is to be transferred from the NHS to a council.

On Wednesday, Hampshire County Council’s adult social care and public health board will be discussing the switch.

It comes as in January 2014, the government confirmed the Healthy Child Programme for children up to the age of five, which includes paying for health visitors and family nurses, would transfer to local government on October 1 this year.

The transfer marks the final part of the overall public health transfer.

It will join up commissioning for care for people up to the age of 19, and up to 25 years for young people with special educational needs and disabilities, in a bid to improve continuity for children and their families.

The decision was made nationally to transform and integrate health, education, social care, so people are getting the correct support.

At the county council meeting, Ruth Milton, the director of public health for Hampshire, will deliver a report on the scheme, covering the time frame October 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016.

The meeting starts at 2pm at the county council offices in Winchester.