As cases of Omicron rise rapidly around the country, Minister for Care Gillian Keegan announced yesterday (29 December 2021) that the government will provide an extra £60 million to local authorities to support the adult social care response to COVID-19 in January. This is on top of £388 million already being provided to prevent infections and provide testing.
The additional £60 million will help protect both those who receive care, the family and friends who support them, as well as the adult social care workforce.
Local authorities can use the funding to support the sector and protect people from COVID-19 infection. This includes investing in improved ventilation, increasing the use of direct payments – which are offered to people with eligible social care needs so they have choice and control over their care and support arrangements – or paying for COVID-19 sickness and self-isolation pay for staff.