Good news stories are rare at the moment especially in the financially challenged world of local government. This thankfully is one of the them.  The evidence is unclear as to whether this was caused by the receipt of Better Care Fund monies, the imposition of targets or just better joint working. 

Ultimately the improvement has happened and that is to be welcome.  It would be nice to think that the improved performance was achieved because of the mutual interest recognition of both sectors and in the best interests of people and not because of the targets.  Let's hope so as centrally imposed targets very rarely drive the right behaviour.