Councillors and health experts will discuss a report upon which millions of pounds of government money hinges.

Members of Swindon Borough Council's health and wellbeing board, which includes delegates from the town’s Clinical Commissioning Group, Great Western Hospital, patients’ group, police and the fire service, will discuss the Better Care Fund plan.

That is needed to unlock the £6m of Whitehall funding.

That will be spent as part of £55m, most of which comes from the CCG and the borough council, allocated for co-ordinated work between the NHS and Swindon’s adults social care teams.

Brian Ford, the cabinet member for adults’ health and care said: “The report is quite a bureaucratic thing, but it’s needed for the funding.

“We’ve been working together particularly on delayed transfer of care.

“It used to be that care workers weren’t allowed in the hospital wards but now we have staff working very closely on making sure people have somewhere to go as soon as they leave hospital.”

A spokesman for the CCG added: “It is the patients who really feel the benefits, which makes this venture a priority for all involved with health and social care in Swindon."