Care England has repeated calls for the extension of COVID-19 relief funds for the social care sector.
The organisation reached out to the government last month to extend key relief packages, including the Infection Control Fund, Adult Social Care Rapid Testing and Workforce Capacity Fund, all of which set to come to an end on March 31, but is yet to receive clarity on this.
Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, said: “Unfortunately COVID-19 doesn’t end on 31 March, but many of the relief funds for the adult social care sector, the frontline, do. Without an extension to these relief funds the sector will be extremely hard pushed to deliver rigorous testing or infection control measures that are so vital in the fight against this virus.”
The call comes after the Chancellor failed to mention social care in his recent Budget announcement.
Martin Green continued: “Providers need to plan and whilst we really hope that extension funds will be put in place it is necessary to understand the way the sector works, in order that it can plan the best delivery of care possible which takes time, resources, certainty and budgeting.”
Supporting the call to extend COVID-19 relief funds, Vic Rayner, CEO of the National Care Forum, said: “We call on the government to immediately confirm the continuation of the funding that is essential to support testing and infection control requirements.
“This will enable families and providers to work together as true partners in care to ensure that the wonderful memories made this precious mothering Sunday do not quickly fade away as the end of the fiscal year draws near. Having reached this point, after many months of campaigning, of the government enabling visiting in care homes, we must not then face a cliff edge where this cannot be sustained.”