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Advice for councils on funding and market stabilityAdvice for councils on funding and market stability

A blog by Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, highlights the value of homecare and the urgent need for investment to prevent multiple provider failure. Read about Homecare in the time of coronavirus, published 26 April 2020: A case for urgent investment to prevent multiple provider failure. See April archive, scroll down.

The Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) issued guidance to councils in England on the fee increases for the National Minimum Wage and COVID-19 on 9 April 2020. Equivalent guidance for the NHS in England has not yet been published.

The key recommendations (which cannot be enforced) are:

  • A 5% increase on the total hourly price from 1 April 2020, to cover the increase in the National Living Wage;
  • An additional temporary increase in the region of 10% to cover the cost pressures caused by COVID-19 for the first month, to be reviewed;
  • Assistance with providers' cashflow, for example paying 'on plan' in advance, (but with the possibility of retrospective adjustments), so that providers receive two payments in April.

UKHCA are pressing both the LGA and ADASS to assess how councils are measuring-up to the recommendations and to encourage consistently positive approaches.

Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners. Shared guidance to local authority commissioners from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA), published 13 March 2020.

Guidance, COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care, published 19 March 2020.

Infection Control Fund 1

Guidance, Adult social care infection fund, updated 21 September 2020, sets out how the funding operates and is to be distributed.

Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes, updated 22 January 2021.

Transparency data, Coronavirus (COVID-19) care home support: council transparency data, published 9 July 2020.

Local authority spending of the first tranche of the Infection Control Fund, spreadsheet with figures for each council in England as at 23 July 2020. Shows number of domiciliary care providers who have received funding.

Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): emergency funding for local government, Allocations of additional funding to local authorities, updated 11 January 2021.

Infection Control Fund 2

The Government announced a further £546m of funding under the Infection Control Fund for winter 2020/21, aimed at care homes but a portion must be spent on homecare. Government Press release - More than £500 million for social care to reduce coronavirus transmission over winter

Documents and guidance regarding Infection Control Fund 2updated 19 February 2021. Updated to clarify that providers can use the Fund to pay wages for staff to attend work or other locations for vaccinations or COVID-19 tests, and that certain administrative costs of testing and vaccination are covered.

The Local Government Association has issued two notes to councils on using Infection Control Fund 2: Infection Control Fund 2 - LGA Further advice and Infection Control Fund 2 - LGA note on allocation to community providers, published 15 October 2020. (Thanks to CPA for this.)

Allocations of £1 billion funding for councils this winter, published 22 October 2020.

Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): emergency funding for local government, allocations of additional funding to local authorities, updated 10 February 2021.

Workforce Development funding

Social care sector to receive £269 million to boost staffing levels and testing, updated 19 January 2021.

The Department for Health and Social Care have published guidance on the new, ring-fenced £120m Workforce Development Fund, updated on 19 January. This is separate from Infection Control Fund 2. You can read the guidance here. See also the local authority circular and associated documents.

Other procurement advice

Briefing by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP - Procurement Policy Note 02/20 - The Sequel (PPN 04/20), published 16 June 2020.

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