Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus
Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re an employer, find out if you can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ Statutory Sick Pay related to COVID-19. Added information on the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for coronavirus related absences because the scheme closes after 17 March 2022.
Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to your employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19). How to use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Added information on the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme for coronavirus related absences because the scheme closes after 17 March 2022.
Workforce Retention and Recruitment Fund
This scheme has now closed. Providers are required to provide monitoring forms as a requirement of receiving the grant. The form will be issued shortly after 31 March 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions for providers regarding the fund.
Adult Social Care Infection Control, Testing and Vaccination Fund: October 2021 – March 2022
The Infection Prevention and Control Grant (IPC), Testing and Vaccination Fund has been extended to support providers from October 2021 until March 2022.
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:
- prevent the spread of infection
- ensure adequate testing is completed
- support staff to become fully vaccinated.
Final monitoring returns will be issued shortly after 31 March 2022.
Any purchase of service or goods using grant funding may have a tax implication. Providers should check with their accountants for advice and support.
For detailed guidance, including grant conditions, please visit Adult social care extension to Infection Control and Testing Fund 2021.
If you have any queries please email us.
Childcare Choices – help paying for your childcare
The Childcare Choices is a government website offering help with childcare costs for parents, where you can find out if you are eligible for free childcare or funding for it.
If you need help to find suitable childcare, please complete this short form and the Early years and childcare service will contact you to provide support.
Household Support Fund
Households on low-incomes can get help with food and energy costs this winter from the UK Government’s new ‘Household Support Fund’. The government has distributed funding to county councils across England to help those most in need.
Hospital discharge continuation
As providers will be aware, the CCG has supported the payment of an enhanced discharge rate for all new placements made for individuals on discharge from hospital. These rates are £825 for non-nursing placements and £1200 for nursing placements. This funding pathway had been due to cease at the end of March 2022, however, the Department of Health and Social Care are actively discussing the initiative’s future and will announce the central government’s position in due course. However, regardless of any central government decision to cease this approach, locally a decision has been taken to continue the existing Discharge to Assess scheme within Devon.
From April 2022 the scheme will continue on the same basis, and the CCG will retain these enhanced rates at their existing level during this time. These rates will remain under review and the CCG will work with provider colleagues in the coming months to review and better understand the fee setting process and costs associated with hospital discharge placements. The rates may be withdrawn or varied at a future date however, the CCG will ensure any removal or change to these rates (which would be applicable to new discharges only) are communicated to the care home sector in advance of their withdrawal/change.
Funding secured to support Devon’s economic recovery
Devon County Council secured funding to support some of the local economies hardest hit during the pandemic and help Devon’s recovery.
In partnership with Exeter City Council, Torbay Council and Torridge District Council, we’ve been awarded more than £2.3 million of government funding to deliver local regeneration schemes. You can find out more about the projects that will benefit from the funding on our website.
We also successfully bid for £640,000 from The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership to grow our award-winning network of work hubs. They provide flexible-term, value for money office space, equipped with modern facilities and are ideal for small businesses that may have started from home but need larger accommodation.
For more information and guidance, and to download an application form, please visit the Devon Work Hubs website.
You can find free support, advice and information on sources of finance through your local growth hub.
Organisations can keep up to date with potential funding streams coming online by signing up to receive updates from DCC Funding News