Local authorities have been condemned by care home leaders for failing to pass on emergency COVID-19 funding provided by the government.
The government has provided £3.2bn in funding to help local authorities cope with rising COVID-19 costs but one south-east care home operator told CHP the response from councils had been mixed at best, citing the example of Essex County Council who they said had provided no extra support from the emergency funds.
Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, told CHP: “The government has provided local authorities with significant amounts of extra funding and yet many of them have not delivered this to the front line of care. This raises serious questions about whether or not, local authorities can be trusted to fund care properly.”
An Essex County Council spokesperson told us: “Essex County Council has taken several key decisions, since mid-March to ensure we support all care providers, to manage the challenges COVID-19 has brought.
“Over £50m has been approved, and this is now being used to provide financial support to the care sector across Essex.
“This includes payments to residential and domiciliary care providers, as well as day care services too. Overall, Essex County Council is spending more on supporting care providers than it has received from government.
“Additional funding has also been made available to ensure we source supplies of PPE, to meet demand, that we have struggled to receive through national routes.”