New £120 million fund to boost social care sector staffing levels

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Local councils will be able to boost social care staffing levels through an extra £120 million of funding, the Government has announced.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the new funds would help increase workforce capacity for care homes and domiciliary care providers hit by staff absences during the coronavirus pandemic.

It comes on top of the £149 million announced in December to support the roll out of rapid Covid-19 testing and family and friend visits where possible.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This funding will bolster staffing numbers in a controlled and safe way, whilst ensuring people continue to receive the highest quality of care.

“Since the start of the pandemic, we have taken steps to protect care homes, including increasing the testing available for staff and residents, providing free PPE (personal protective equipment), and investing billions of pounds of additional funding for infection control.

“Help is on the way with the offer of a vaccine, with over 40% of elderly care home residents having already received their first dose.”

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