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Care sector support

To support providers in their continued work, we committed to providing 10% uplift to contracted provider gross fees until 31 July 2020.

This additional funding was to support the local care market with the pressures being faced during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This includes the availability and wellbeing of staffing teams, additional pressures being managed in terms of risk, availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and subsequent increased costs, while still delivering the best quality care to our residents.

The table below sets out the financial support we gave to care providers up to the end of July 2020.

Support to providers that we have contracts with

 Domiciliary care Residential careOther provision 
Support being offered

Regular, one off, unconditional payment of 10% of commissioned care 

Regular, one off, unconditional payment of 10% of commissioned care, maintain full payment for block contracts 

Maintain full payments for block contracts. Innovative Day Services, carers and PPE support 

Total spent so far to support providers that BCP Council Council has contracts with in response to COVID-19



Financial support to support infection control measures to all providers

In addition to the above payments, on 13 May 2020 the government announced that it would make available a £600 million infection control fund for Adult Social Care and the first instalment of this was distributed to local authorities on 22 May 2020 and a further instalment was issued on 24 July 2020.

The purpose of this fund is to support the implementation of infection control measures in reducing transmission of the virus, particularly the restriction of movement of workers between different care settings and full payment for staff who are required to self isolate.

The first instalment was distributed to providers in June and the second instalment was distributed in August including those providers that we do not have a contractual arrangement within the BCP Council area. The expenditure is explained in the document below:

The Government announced on 1st October 2020 a second round  of the Infection Control Fund which has been extended until the ned of June 2021, and now includes the Rapid Testing Fund with an extra £546 million of funding. This is a new grant, with revised conditions from the original Infection Control Fund. It brings the total ringfenced funding for infection prevention and control to £1.146 billion.

The second instalment of this second round of infection control grant allocation has just been paid to providers and the expenditure is explained in the documents below: