Payments to contracted social care providers to increase
Telford & Wrekin Council is planning to further support the borough’s care sector by increasing by 10% the fees it pays to its contracted social care providers in the borough to look after vulnerable residents.
This is to help with the pressure these providers are under from the coronavirus pandemic and to further help Telford's Princess Royal Hospital.
Social care providers are now facing increasing demand and higher costs as many are needing to recruit more staff because of the increase in demand or due to shortages caused by sickness or other staff self-isolating.
Equally providers are having to meet the extra costs to equip their staff with personal protective equipment (over and above the masks being issued nationally) to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
It is hoped that increasing the fees to the Council’s contracted providers can also increase care home, domiciliary care and Shared Lives capacity in the borough, helping relieve some pressure on hospitals' bed spaces.
The temporary increase will be funded by additional grant the Council has received from Government.
Cllr Andy Burford, cabinet lead for adult social care, said; “The care sector and its staff are absolutely vital and very valued partners in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, caring for some of the most at risk and vulnerable people in the community.
“That’s why we’re immediately giving them more financial certainty so that they’re as ready as possible to meet extra demand and costs while maintaining high quality care.”
The Council is also supporting the sector by promoting a range social care job opportunities in the borough, particularly for people who may have lost work due the coronavirus pandemic. Find out more here