Social Services: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th July 2020.

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Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch Conservative, Chatham and Aylesford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled, ADASS Budget Survey 2020, what assessment has he made of the implications for his policy of the conclusion that the adult social care providers and councils may face up to £6.6 billion in extra costs by the end of September 2020 as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We recognise that COVID-19 is imposing significant pressures on the social care sector. We have now made £3.7 billion available to local authorities so they can address pressures on local services caused by the pandemic, including in adult social care.

On 15 May we published details of an additional £600 million Infection Control Fund for Adult Social Care. This funding is to support adult social care providers in England reduce the rate of transmission in and between care homes and to support workforce resilience.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is running a monitoring exercise to gather ongoing financial management information on pressures councils are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including on adult social care. Rounds 1 and 2 of the survey collected data in April and May and results have been published at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-authority-covid-19-financial-impact-monitoring-information

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