Laura Sharman 28 April 2020

Councils must urgently allocate funding to social care providers, report warns

Councils must urgently allocate funding to social care providers, report warns image

Funding given to local authorities to deal with the coronavirus crisis must urgently get through to independent adult social care services, a new report has warned.

Care England warned that any delay in receiving funding will put services that were already struggling financially at risk of closure.

Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said: 'The pandemic presents social care providers with unbearable human costs, but also has severe financial implications.

'As an immediate priority we implore Central Government to instruct local authority commissioners to use the funds allocated to them for the frontline.'

Care England also said that some local authorities have yet to engage with independent care providers by failing to offer 5% for National Minimum Wage and 10% for COVID-19 costs to care homes.

Professor Green added: 'Ultimately, during this time of crisis, social care providers should be given the necessary resources to allow them to focus solely upon providing care and support to some of societies’ most vulnerable, as opposed to having to engage in a piecemeal manner with local authorities and struggle for every part of their viability.'

In response, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: 'We recognise the challenges and additional costs that social care providers face in delivering services at this difficult time. Councils are already taking action to support providers in meeting the additional costs that they face locally and in managing cash flow challenges.

'Councils are also pressing government to try and secure much needed PPE for care providers and to ensure easy access to testing for residents of care homes, those supported in their own homes and care workers.'

A perfect storm for care homes image

A perfect storm for care homes

Iain MacBeath, strategic director, health and wellbeing at Bradford City Council, looks at the challenges facing the adult social care sector.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Children With Disabilities (CWD) - Chelmsford

Essex County Council
£30906 - £42254 per annum + Free Parking & Great Benefits
Please note that this opportunity is NOT OPEN to Newly Qualified Social Workers. In line with the newly created Skills and Capability Framework for England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Economic Data Analyst - SELEP - South East LEP Area

Essex County Council
£30906.0 - £34017 per annum + + Great Benefits Package
Please note that while listed with Chelmsford as the primary location, existing members of the SELEP team reside across Essex, Kent, East Sussex and b England, Essex
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Sector Engagement Lead - SELEP - South East LEP Area

Essex County Council
£39168.0 - £43299 per annum + + Benefits Package
Please note that while listed with Chelmsford as the primary location, existing members of the SELEP team reside across Essex, Kent, East Sussex and b England, Essex
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Director for Adult Health & Social Care

Nottingham City Council
circa £103,000
We are really excited to offer a unique opportunity to join our Leadership Team as our new Director for Adult Health and Social Care Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Recuriter: Nottingham City Council

Finance Assistant (P2P & Income)

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Job Purpose Purchase to Pay (P2P) and Income aims to provide a comprehensive financial transactional and support service, maximising new and innovat England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue