Dr Eleanor Roy, CIPFA Health and Social Care Policy Manager said:
''We’re glad to see recognition of the pressures on local government in responding to this outbreak through the allocation of the COVID-19 Response Fund. This will provide vital additional support to services which have a pivotal role to play at this time.
The requirement relating to hospital discharges will clearly place a significant burden on already strained social care services, and it is encouraging to see that the government has provided assurance that they will fully fund the cost of social care support packages related to this.
''What is needed now is detailed information on how the funding for local government will be deployed – and more importantly when it will be available to allow them to act as swiftly as possible. Clarity on the additional resources available to those supporting vulnerable people will be vital as we go forwards.’’
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