Cornwall Council has started delivering grants to its commissioned care providers to help cover the additional costs they have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The local authority told Home Care Insight that it has engaged with home care and care home providers over the costs they have incurred and decided to pay them a discretionary one-off payment.
The payment for home care providers has been calculated on the basis of £1.46 per hour of care delivered on March 19 over 12 weeks.
Care home providers will receive a grant that has been calculated on the basis of £56 per placement on 19 March 2020 over 12 weeks.
Praising the council on Twitter, Angela Downing, founder of home care provider Reflections South West, said the grant will enable her company to continue to pay the Real Living Wage.
“Our amazing @CornwallCouncil have given their commissioned care services grants today to help with our additional costs during the pandemic. They have given us an uplift to continue to pay the Living Foundation Wage. They continue to help with PPE if needed,” she said.
Meanwhile, Cornwall Council mobilised the county’s fire service teams and Cornwall Housing on Thursday to despatch and deliver between five and seven days’ worth of PPE supplies to more than 350 care providers across the county, free of charge.
To date, Cornwall Council has spent over £1.5m on essential PPE supplies for key workers.
“We have worked in partnership alongside Corserv (the Council’s arms-length company), the Local Resilience Forum and Phoenix Commercial services to source the right kit to keep Cornwall’s care workers safe and able to continue doing their jobs, helping the most vulnerable residents,” a council spokesperson said.
“For the last six weeks we have provided the care sector with supplies when they have been unable to get them from their usual providers, delivering over 1 million items.”