Control Fund for care homes
On 15 May, the government published
allocations for a new package of support for care homes. This
ring-fenced fund for social care is being provided to ensure care homes
can continue to stop the spread of coronavirus.
In total, £600m was allocated based on
the number of care home beds locally, with an adjustment to reflect the
costs of operating in each area. The funding will be paid in two equal
instalments to qualifying councils.
This funding can only be used as
specified in the accompanying guidance in relation to infection control - to
reduce the rate of transmission in and between care homes and support
wider workforce resilience. Given the constraints attached to this
funding, it cannot be used to support the provider market in their wider
concerns regarding loss of income as a result of under-occupancy, or
other issues outside of infection control.
The funding is conditional upon a daily
review of care homes in a given area. Seventy-five per cent of the
initial funding will be passed straight to care homes, with the second
payment contingent on the first being used for infection control. This
remaining 25% must also be used for infection control measures, but local
authorities will be able to allocate it on the basis of need, so could be
used to support domiciliary care.
The guidance accompanying the funding
also sets out the requirement for each local authority to produce and
publish a local care home support plan by 29 May.
Business Rate Fund
Each authority will be notified by
letter about their allocation from this fund. This will be based on data
submissions from 4th May - specifically your projection of total spend.
Guidance has been published and BEIS have been
advised of the delays likely to be caused by the development and approval
of a scheme and application process.
partnership with Xantura
CIPFA has teamed up with data
management company Xantura to help councils identify the individuals and
households most vulnerable to both the health, social and economic
impacts of COVID-19.
Government data provided through
‘Operation Shield’ identifies individuals deemed to be ‘at risk’ but has
been limited to those with high clinical need. This new service goes
further, identifying vulnerable people and households based on a much
broader set of risk factors. These include: debt levels; income and
reliance on benefits; whether they live alone; and disabilities,
alongside a wider set of health issues.
The service will allow councils to
better understand the communities they serve, and improve decisions
around service provision based on robust local evidence.
For more information, visit our website or contact: John.O'Halloran@cipfa.org
We will also be hosting a free webinar
introducing the new service on Wednesday 27 May at 2pm. Register here.
When we emerge from lockdown, the
pressure on local authority budgets will continue. It is vital that there
is recognition of the increased demand on services that we are likely to
see from parts of society that may not be hitting the headlines at the
moment. For example recent research from the Royal Society for Public
Health (RSPH) found that 70% of 18 to 24 year olds feel more
anxious about the future, compared with 47% of over-75s.
Local authorities often support small
but vital voluntary and community organisations that provide targeted
support to the most marginalised. Funding cuts have seen many of these
services disappear at a high cost to statutory services. At this point,
outcome-based budgets and the importance of prevention need to be
reflected in decision making.
of GP surgeries
The Valuation Office Agency is planning
to review the valuations for purpose-built GP surgeries. Most valuations
are expected to reduce by around a third, depending on the age of the
and Benefits network
New information from CIPFA’s Benefits
Advisor is now available on the impact of COVID-19 on
benefits recipients, including the job retention scheme and tax credit
implications. Employees affected by COVID-19 will retain entitlement to
tax credit until the Job retention scheme closes.
Additional topics include the Taking
Control of Goods and Certification of Enforcement Agents (Amendment)
(Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/451). The regulations prevent taking
control of goods during a period where a person is prevented from leaving
their home without reasonable excuse, in effect putting a stop to action
by enforcement agents during lockdown.
advice for local authorities
Essential guidance for local
authorities on all aspects of coronavirus support can be found on the
GOV.UK website. It is being regularly updated and should act as the
definitive reference point for councils: Coronavirus: guidance for local government.
Further advice and guidance can also be
found on CIPFA’s COVID-19 hub.
CIPFA will be hosting a series of free
webinars over the next few months that we hope will be useful to you as
this difficult time. The next two we’ve got coming up are:
Resilience in a Crisis – Friday 22 May, 11.30am
How can leaders drive the objectives of
their organisations while maintaining their own personal resilience
during a time of crisis? CIPFA CEO Rob Whiteman, Kirsty Hannah from
business psychologists Nicholson McBride and CIPFA trainer Brendan
McCarron will provide expert insight and advice on how to be a resilient
leader during the COVID-19 crisis. Amy Browne from CCLA also joins to
discuss the importance of workplace mental health during these
challenging times. Register here.
To Be An Effective Leader In A Crisis – Thursday 28 May, 1pm
Providing effective leadership within
your organisations is critical – especially in times of unprecedented
crisis. Sir Michael Barber, former Head of the Prime Minister Tony
Blair’s Delivery Unit, and Joanna Killian, CEO of Surrey County Council,
share their experiences and advice on how to overcome unexpected
challenges in this timely webinar focused on crisis management. Register here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please share any questions or issues
you’re experiencing to Joanne Pitt,
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