Reported £3bn funding boost targeted at NHS
The care of older and vulnerable adults through social care appears to have again been forgotten in a £3bn cash injection to fight a second wave of Covid-19, campaigners fear.
Welcoming the reported extra funding, the Independent Care Group (ICG) said it nevertheless looked like social care was to be the poor relation again as all money went to NHS care.
ICG Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “With everyone warning of a second wave of coronavirus it is vital that we are ready and the extra funding is welcome for the NHS.
“But it seems to have been forgotten once again that social care is every bit as much the front line in the fight against the virus as NHS healthcare.
“And yet there is no mention of extra funding to help hard-pressed local authorities to in turn support social care looking after people in their own homes, in care and nursing homes and in local communities
“Social care providers are facing their own spiralling costs from extra staff and personal protective equipment and falling income from reduced take-up of services and admissions.
“Providers are already failing and we will see further closures, at this most critical of times, unless extra financial support is provided.”
Age UK has warned that as many as 20,000 care homes could go out of business without urgent extra support.
Local authorities have been given £3.2bn by the government to support all of their extra work during the pandemic but little of that has found its way to frontline social care providers. And there is a £600m infection-control fund for care, nursing homes and other social care provision. But estimates suggest that care providers will face additional costs of £6.6bn between April and September.