Council increases payment to social care partners

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Over the past three months, the council has been working to further support the borough’s care sector at a time when they are under increasing pressure from the pandemic.

The council has cemented its support by increasing by 10% the fees it pays to its contracted social care providers in the borough to look after its vulnerable residents.

Social care providers are facing increased demand and higher costs as many have needed to recruit more staff because of an increase in demand and 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 to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

This additional payment has also helped to support the local NHS, and particularly the local Princess Royal Hospital, by helping to relieve some of the pressure on hospitals' bed spaces.

Cllr Andy Burford, cabinet member 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 have given them more financial certainty so that they’re as ready as possible to meet extra demand and costs while maintaining high quality care.”

Council leader, Cllr Shaun Davies, said:

“We know that our partners are vital in ensuring we can care for our local communities and this has never been more true than during the coronavirus pandemic.”