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Guidance issued on £162m Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund

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The Government has published guidance on the Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund for adult social care.

The news follows the announcement of a £162.5m retention and recruitment fund to support care home and home care providers.

The grant circular sets out allocations, the grant conditions and guidance for local authorities and providers in England.

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A breakdown of the guidance can be found on the Homecare Association’s website.

Councils are to use the funding to address adult social care workforce capacity pressures in their area through recruitment and retention activity this winter, to support providers to maintain the provision of safe care and bolstering capacity within providers to deliver more hours of care; support timely and safe discharge from hospital to where ongoing care and support is needed; support providers to prevent admission to hospital; enable timely new care provision in the community; and support and boost retention of staff within social care.

The activity must take place between 21 October 2021 and 31 March 2022.

Local authorities are expected to work closely with providers to determine how funding should best be spent, including passporting funding directly to providers where appropriate.

They can use funding directly to deliver measures that help all providers of adult social care in their geographical area, including care homes and domiciliary care, care providers with whom local authorities do not have contracts, and organisations providing care who may not be registered with the CQC.  

The ring-fenced grant of £162.5 million will be paid in two instalments to local authorities.

The first £97.5 million (60%) will be processed as soon as possible and made in this month, while the second £65 million will be paid in January 2022 and, conditional on local authorities having completed a return to the Department of Health and Social Care by 14 January 2022.

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