Care England, a representative body of independent adult social care providers, has reached out to the government to provide continuity of COVID-related packages for the care sector.
The call comes as government relief packages, including the Infection Control Fund, are set to come to an end in March 31.
Care England has written to the Care Minister, Helen Whately, thanking her for the packages put in place during the pandemic and provided some suggestions as to how future funding could be administered in order to provide certainty and confidence for providers, staff, service users and relatives.
Care England proposed that future funds could be adapted to lessen the administrative burden with simplified reporting structures. Of special concern is the continuation of the Infection Control Fund, which is now in its second iteration.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said: “Unfortunately, COVID doesn’t end on 31 March yet many of the Government relief packages come to a halt then including the Infection Control Fund”.
He continued: “The costs associated with the pandemic are by no means going to subside in the short term, this is of particular concern given the low fees currently being proposed by many local authorities for 2021/22; as such we would welcome support from the Government. Indeed, it is imperative that any such funds reach the frontline and are not wasted in a tangle of bureaucracy.”