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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

Financial support

Last Updated 16:05pm, 7 May 2021


Introduction

If you have any specific issues or questions that you would like to raise please do so as follows:

Workforce Development Fund extended

Skills for Care have extended the deadline to claim from the Workforce Development Fund to Monday 31 May 2021. For further details please go to the Workforce page.

Adult social care infection control and testing funds: April – June 2021

The Infection Control Fund (2020) and the Rapid Testing Fund (2021) have been consolidated into a revised Infection Prevention and Control Grant (IPC) to support providers to prevent and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 from April to June 2021.

Devon County Council will receive just over £5.5m to support all care settings in line with new Government guidance.

The purpose of this fund is to support adult social care services (including those with whom the local authority does not have a contract) to:

  • reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission within and between care settings through effective infection prevention and control practices and increase uptake of staff vaccination
  • conduct additional rapid testing of staff and visitors in care homes, high-risk supported living and extra care settings, to enable close contact visiting where possible.

Guidance stipulates that regulated care providers will be expected to adhere to the following requirements:

  • have completed the Capacity Tracker at least twice (two consecutive weeks) before payment is made
  • have committed to completing the Capacity Tracker at least once per week following payment until 30 June 2021
  • have committed to providing the local authority with two monitoring returns in May and July 2021
  • providers in receipt of rapid lateral flow tests are required to register the results as per the lateral flow testing in adult social care settings guidance
  • the Grant monies must be spent by 30 June 2021.

For detailed guidance, including grant conditions, please visit the Government website.

Fees uplift, Infection Control Fund and Testing Fund

Devon County Council has written directly to all providers with details of the annual fee increases for 2021-22.

For non-care home fees we have agreed an increase of 1.72%.

For care home fees we have agreed that fees will be increased as follows:

Under the personalised fee model the care hour rate will increase by 2.35%, residential accommodation fees will increase by 2.64% and nursing accommodation fees will increase by 2.5%.

The non-banded fee model rate will increase by 2.21% and the banded fee model rate will increase by an average of 2.21%.

On 29 March the Government announced the extension of the Infection Control Fund and the Rapid Testing Fund through to 30 June 2021, in line with the period of the Roadmap to Recovery period and the next national planning phase.

The purposes of these national funds are to reduce transmission of COVID-19 within and between care settings and to support the rapid testing of staff and visitors. Payments from the funds must be made within 20 working days of 29 March and expenditure undertaken by 20 June. We are doing all we can to get the new grant agreements issued to providers as they must be signed and returned during the week commencing 12 April.

70% of the Infection Control Fund is being passed direct to providers on a per-bed basis. Local authorities can use their discretion to allocate the remaining 30% of the Fund to support infection prevention and control in care settings. For Devon the amounts are £1,821,00 (residential), £510,00 (community) and £999,000 (discretionary).

60% of the Rapid Testing Fund is being passed direct to providers on a per-bed basis. The remaining 40% of the Fund can be used at the discretion of the local authority to support rapid testing in Extra Care Housing and Supported Living care settings. For Devon the amounts are £1,426,000 (residential) and £798,000 (discretionary, community).

In order to receive this financial support, providers are required to have completed the Capacity Tracker twice previously and commit to doing so on a weekly basis.

The above fees uplift and grant allocations are accompanied by a huge thank you to all providers for the work you have undertaken in such challenging times.

Are you eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment?

The government has updated its guidance about claiming financial support if you’re told to self-isolate.

If you have been told by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate, and you’re eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment or a discretionary payment, you will receive £500 in addition to any benefits and Statutory Sick Pay that you currently receive.

You are eligible for the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment if you live in England and meet the government’s criteria.

If you are a parent or a guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace, and you are therefore unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities, you might also be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment, if you meet the government’s criteria.
The government’s website tells you how to apply.

DCC financial investment / market support during COVID-2020

A summary of the market support offered to individuals of Direct Payments and providers during 2020.

South West Water: Neighbourhood fund

The Neighbourhood Fund is all about supporting our local community. There will be £100,000-a-year funding available for neighbourhood community groups which inspire physical activities, education, health and wellbeing and deliver positive environmental outcomes.

The type of projects we’re funding:

  • Protect nature and the environment for the benefit of community health and well-being
  • Providing new opportunities for people to learn and develop
  • Assisting local projects which bring communities together, virtually or physically – when safe to do so
  • Supporting the upkeep of local neighbourhood centres and facilities to keep communities strong.

Further details available via the South West Water website.

Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund: round 2

Sets out the infection control measures that the new infection control fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.
Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund – round 2: guidance‘ has been updated: providers should ensure that staff who need to attend work or another location for the purposes of being vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 are paid their usual wages to do so, and any costs associated with reaching a vaccination or testing facility.

Infection Control Fund Round 2

For information regarding the Infection Control Grant please listen to the recording of the DCC webinar held on 4 November. In addition, a Questions and Answers log is also available.

A core requirement of the funding is the need to provide Monitoring Returns from November, detailing how the money is/will be spent. The final reporting date was 16 April 2021.

Prompt return is critical to enable a timely response to Government

Please continue to update the NHS Capacity Tracker.

  1. Care Homes – the ICF questions have recently been updated, please update weekly/monthly as required. Guidance is available.
  2. Regulated Community Care provision – questions on the NHS Capacity Tracker are currently the same as they were for the CQC Home Care Survey.
    For general user support, including account queries and password issues, please contact 0191 691 3729 or email necsu.capacitytracker@nhs.net. Please do not remove ‘Capacity Tracker’ from the subject line.

Background

The letter from the Minister of State for Care, Helen Whately, states that the Infection Control Fund set up in May has been extended until March 2021, with an extra £546 million of funding nationally.

The purpose of the Infection Control Fund is to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission within and between regulated care settings, in particular by helping to reduce the need for staff movements between sites.
DCC has been allocated £9.19m from the Fund for infection control and is responsible for issuing the payments, following arrangements set out by government.

There are revised conditions from the original Infection Control Fund which have been detailed in a Grant Agreement sent by DCC to all eligible providers.
Please note:

  • The fund will be paid in two instalments
    • First payment will be made in Autumn 2020
    • Second payment will be made by January 2021
  • Providers eligible for the fund must return a signed grant agreement and return confirmation of expenditure through monthly reporting; the monthly reporting schedule is a requirement set by the Department of Health and Social Care
  • The grant must be fully spent on infection control measures (as outlined in the conditions) by 31 March 2021
  • Payment is contingent on providers completing the Capacity Tracker (as per government guidance) until 31 March 2021.

Should you have any queries please email the following mailbox: adultsc.covid19adultsocialcaregrants-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.

National social care funding announcement

New funding to protect and support the social care sector, including care homes and domiciliary care providers, by increasing workforce capacity and testing has been announced.
The £269 million package includes a £120 million fund for local authorities to boost staffing levels and a £149 million grant system to support increased testing in care homes.
The vital infection prevention and control guidance on staff movement in care homes is also being reinforced, with a reminder to providers to continue following the rules to keep staff and residents safe.

Find out more about the funding here.

HMRC community organisation

Government guidance for voluntary and community sector organisations on how to apply for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ £5 million funding grant to provide tailored support to members of the public who need extra help in getting their tax and claims right. The programme is open for applications until 27 November 2020.

Recovery loan scheme

A new government-backed loan scheme has been launched to provide additional finance to businesses as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Recovery Loan Scheme will provide businesses with loans from £25,000 up to a maximum of £10 million. The government will provide an 80% guarantee for all loans and interest rates will be capped.

The scheme, which runs until 31 December 2021, will be administered by the British Business Bank, with loans available through accredited commercial lenders.

Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

NHS Test and Trace asked people who are on a low income, unable to work from home and who will lose income as a result, to self isolate. Under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme they maybe entitle to support.

The Infection Control Fund (ICF) provides financial support to providers so they can continue to pay their staff their full wages while they are self-isolating according to government guidelines on COVID-19. The fund aims to ensure that care workers do not lose income because they are self-isolating.

Government expect the ICF to be the primary way to support social care workers who need to stay at home and self-isolate. If an individual is receiving their full wage from their employer through the ICF, they will not be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.

For further information please refer to Government Guidance.

Growth hubs

You can find free support, advice and information on sources of finance through your local growth hub.

HMRC coronavirus helpline

Find out how to contact HMRC if you’re a business or self-employed and need help and support with outstanding tax payments due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Grant funding

Organisations can keep up to date with potential funding streams coming online by signing up to receive updates from DCC Funding News

Further details in relation to COVID specific funding support can be found on the Grant and funding support site.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Following the Chancellor’s announcement last month, the bidding process for direct cash grants through the National Lottery Community Fund has been launched in England.

The Coronavirus Community Support Fund aims to support the tens of thousands of charities and organisations at the heart of local communities that are making a big difference during the COVID-19 outbreak, including delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.

Please note that ‘financial advice’ referenced in the criteria does of course include welfare support and advice, including support to access and claim Universal Credit, although this is not explicitly stated in the criteria.

Please find more information on their website

Other potential sources of funding


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