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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

Financial support

Last Updated 9:05am, 23 February 2021


Introduction

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

Workforce Capacity Fund

Devon County Council submitted its proposals for approval by central government on 12 February to allocate its share of the national Workforce Capacity Fund. This must be spent by 31 March 2021 and must conform to government requirements. Our proposal has been developed in consultation with the Provider Engagement Network Reference Group.

Subject to approval of our proposals by central government we will allocate the grant as follows:

Circa 90% of the grant will be paid directly to eligible CQC regulated providers (the rules did not allow for money to be passported to unregulated providers) for them to use flexibly on measures that will enhance their staffing. However, the size of grant would have been of little value if distributed between all providers so, to achieve greatest impact, we will target the funding for:

  • Providers in outbreak* who have had more than five staff sick or isolated, paying up to £10,000 each per location (*for the purposes of this fund a provider will qualify for this financial support if, since 16 January, they have reported to Public Health England that five or more employees have received a positive coronavirus test)
  • Small providers (15 beds or less in a care home location or 20 or less service users if a community provider location setting), paying up to £6,000 each per location.

Both these schemes will be by application from an invited list of eligible providers and the sums quoted are a maximum grant. We are making the application process as simple as possible, as timescales for application are very short to meet government requirements.

The balance of the grant allocation will be used as follows:

  • We will fund a Proud to Care local recruitment campaign in March
  • £50,000 will be used to support regulated domiciliary care providers with the costs of onboarding people newly recruited after 1 February 2021 where the additional hours are used to meet DCC and NHS commissioned need. Full details to follow
  • To ensure availability of staff to support providers via our Temp Bank and purchase of Agency Staff
  • We will buy additional occupational therapy and district nursing capacity to support providers and assist with discharge of people from hospital.

For any queries in relations to the fund please contact: covidASCgrants@devon.gov.uk

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 next reporting date will be the 21 December 2020 and the monitoring form will be sent to you beforehand.

Prompt return is critical and failure to respond will impact on DCC’s ability to release your second payment.

Please remember to regularly update the NHS Capacity Tracker (Care Homes and, from Monday 30 November, Regulated Community Care providers).

  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.adultcarehealthcovid19-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.

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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