The Scottish government has injected an initial £50 million into the social care sector to help providers deal with the financial implications of the coronavirus.
Announcing the news, Health Secretary Jean Freeman said the funding will help address immediate challenges faced in the social care sector and support ongoing provision of social care.
She explained that Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland have all put in place mobilisation plans to ensure the health and social care system is as well placed as possible to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know the social care sector is at the frontline of the current pandemic and the Scottish Government has been undertaking a detailed review of additional costs incurred by the sector,” she said.
“This funding is part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to support resilience in social care provision and ensure that any increasing need for social care as a result of the pandemic is met.
“I hope this will reassure the social care sector that additional costs related to COVID-19 will be provided and we will continue to work closely with COSLA and NHS Boards to ensure they have the resources needed throughout this pandemic.”
The UK government has allocated £3.2 billion to local authorities in the past two months to help councils continue to provide vital services, including adult social care.
But, to date, this additional funding has failed to reach home care providers, according to the United Kingdom Homecare Association.