Local authorities will receive an extra £60m to support the adult social care response to COVID-19 this month, the Government recently announced.
Local authorities will be able to use the Omicron Support Fund to protect people from infection and support the sector.
This includes increasing the use of direct payments to give people more control over their care and support arrangements, and paying for COVID-19 sickness and self-isolation pay for staff.
Minister for care, Gillian Keegan, said: 'Protecting care staff and people who use social care services continues to be a priority, especially as cases surge and Omicron spreads rapidly around the country.
The extra funding will ensure that we continue to support adult social care to keep people safe and prevent outbreaks. A huge thank you goes out to care workers for all they are doing to care for people and keep themselves and others safe this winter.'