The Welsh Government's £40m rescue package to help support adult social care services during the coronavirus pandemic is not enough, according to a social care leader.
Care Forum Wales chair Mario Kreft said the financial aid announced by Welsh Health Minister was “welcome” but he's not confident it will reach the front line with local government in charge.
This comes as the Health Minister Vaughan Gething said out of Wales' 1073 care homes, 75 had confirmed cases of coronavirus and 217 had suspected cases. He warned that the number was expected to rise.
We welcome the announcement by the Health Minister because it’s a step in the right direction but as ever the devil will be in the detail.
The Welsh Government says the money will help meet the increased costs of basic PPE, food and staffing costs incurred by adult social care services
It follows a £1.1bn fighting fund created to support public services to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
The £40m will be allocated to local government through the new Covid-19 local government ‘hardship fund’.
It means local authorities will work with adult social care providers to draw down the extra funding based on the new costs that are identified.
Councils haven’t even implemented this year’s fee increases – and in some places we don’t even know what the new rates are even though we are having to pay staff an extra 7.5 per cent in many cases.
Social care plays a vital role in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Wales and the health service. This work is more important than ever. This additional funding will support the extra costs adult social care services are now facing.