The Welsh government has announced a £48 million “COVID recovery package” to help support the social care sector.
The majority of the funding – £40m – will be allocated to local authorities and will be used to help the sector overcome ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic, Deputy Minister for Social Services Julie Morgan (pictured) said.
A further £8m will fund a number of specific priorities, including extending the carers support fund; tackle loneliness in older people; and investing in the social care workforce’s wellbeing.
Announcing the funding, Morgan said: “We place huge value on social care in Wales and we ask a lot of the sector. It is facing significant pressures as a result of the pandemic and – just like our NHS staff – the workforce is exhausted from working so hard for so long.
“This new funding recognises the challenges the sector is facing and will help to address some of the financial pressures it faces. It also includes new funding to invest in priority areas to improve services, in line with our ambitions and commitments.
“We will continue supporting social care in Wales and, as we recover from the pandemic, will build a strong and resilient social care sector.”
Of the £48m, £220,000 will support older people to re-engage with their communities, £190,000 will help improve the wellbeing of the social care workforce and £1m will be used to continue the carers support fund.
Minister for Finance and Local Government Rebecca Evans said: “We are fully committed to supporting health and social services to recover from the pandemic and move beyond it. The funding we are announcing is part of a broader package that will help services like these manage the ongoing effects of COVID and deliver high-quality care for people.”