The extra £60 million will be provided to local authorities to support the adult social care response to COVID-19 in January, Minister for Care Gillian Keegan has announced.
The Adult Social Care – Omicron Support Fund is on top of the £388 million infection control and testing fund announced earlier in the year to prevent infections and provide testing in the care sector.
As cases of Omicron rise rapidly around the country, 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.
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