Care services minister Phil Hope has announced on Social Enterprise Day that £450,000 of funding will be shared between six local authorities to improve the quality of care for the elderly.
The projects up for funding include Birmingham city council, Croydon Primary Care Trust and Bristol city council, with both NHS West Midlands and Kent county council receiving £100,000 each.
Funding will be used for the establishment of independent social enterprises to assist disabled and older people in the areas.
Mr Hope also announced the launch of Social Enterprise - Making a Difference, a guide that aims to illustrate how community health schemes can be established, something he believes will develop more "vibrant" services in the regions.
He continued: "For this to happen, PCTs and councils need to work together to encourage social enterprise. This funding supports innovation in organisations that are committed to improvement."
Phil Hope is the MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire and the current minister of state for health.
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