The Scottish social care sector has secured an extra £50m in funding to help with COVID-19 related costs.
An agreement between Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and the Scottish Government will see the funds allocated to Integration Joint Boards (IJB) across Scotland to ensure the sustainability of the social care sector.
The funding will support costs such as a reduction in occupancy due to the virus, additional staffing or sickness costs, infection prevention and control, and PPE.
The critical role of social care
The funding is an addition to the previous £50m provided in May to support the sector.
Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, said: “Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic the social care sector has played a crucial and critical role in Scotland’s response. I know that it has been hugely challenging for social care staff and providers to deal with what is an unprecedented situation and all social care and healthcare staff working on the frontline have my sincere thanks.
“This second tranche of funding will bring our total extra allocation to the social care sector since May to £100m, a sign of our practical commitment to continuing to support the sustainability and resilience of the sector.
“I am very clear that we will meet any increasing need for social care as a result of the pandemic and we will continue to work closely with COSLA and NHS Boards to ensure they have the resources required.”
COSLA’s Health and Social Care spokesperson Councillor, Stuart Currie, said: “COSLA welcomes the announcement from Scottish Government in relation to a further allocation of funding to enable Health and Social Care Partnerships to continue to support the social care sector in their pivotal role responding to COVID-19.
“COSLA will continue to work closely with Scottish Government to ensure that resources are released to enable Partnerships to meet all reasonable costs identified within Local Mobilisation Plans to address the challenges currently being faced by the sector.”