To support providers in their continued work, we are committed to providing 10% uplift to current contracted provider gross fees until 31 July 2020.
This additional funding is 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 already given to care providers up to the end of July 2020.
Support to providers that we have contracts with
| ||Domiciliary care|| Residential care||Other 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.
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.
This was distributed to providers in June 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 second instalment of the infection control fund was distributed to councils on 24 July 2020 and we are in the process of allocating further payments accordingly.