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Government announces £120m funding for Social Care in response to pressures caused by new Covid variant

A further £120m will be available to Councils in England to support social care services as staff absence rates spiral.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the Workforce Capacity fund would help councils provide additional care staff for services where shortages arise, support administrative tasks so experienced and skilled staff can focus on providing care and help existing staff take on additional hours if they wish with overtime payments.

The additional funding has been welcomed by the sector but Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum warned that the funding should be “subject to continuous review”.

She added “For some providers this will mean paying existing staff to work additional hours, to overstaff services to cope with short notice absences, and to reward and support those who have been at the frontline of this pandemic, without relief, for the last 10 months.