Care homes will receive an extra £341 million COVID control funding from April 1, as part of an overall £7 billion health and social care support package for England.
The additional £341 million for adult social care takes the COVID control fund to almost £1.35 billion and support for rapid testing to £288 million. This funding is in addition to free PPE and further support for designated settings to ensure safe hospital discharge.
There is also £1.55 billion of non ring-fenced COVID-19 funding for councils to manage the immediate and long-term impacts of the pandemic in 2021-22, including on adult social care.
Social care funding is broken down as follows:
- £202.5 million new funding for the Infection Control Fund in adult social care
- £138.7 million for rapid testing in adult social care from existing Test and Trace funding
- £594 million for hospital discharge including into care homes.
Information on the new Infection Control and Testing Fund, distribution of funds, conditions on funds and reporting requirements are available online.