Scottish social care sector to receive a further £50 million for COVID-19 costs

By Bethany Hemsley

Scotland’s social care sector will receive an additional £50 million funding to support providers with COVID-19 related costs, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has revealed.

The Scottish Government and COSLA have agreed that the funding will be given to Integration Joint Boards (IJB) throughout Scotland to support social care providers with costs such as a reduction in occupancy due to coronavirus, additional staffing or sickness costs, infection prevention and control, and PPE.

Scotland’s 31 health and social care partnerships have created mobilisation plans and any further expenditure will be required to align with these plans.

Jeane Freeman

“This second tranche of funding will bring our total extra allocation to the social care sector since May to £100 million, a sign of our practical commitment to continuing to support the sustainability and resilience of the sector” says Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.

The additional funding will allow the principles for social care sustainability payments to social care providers to continue until the end of September.

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