£48m COVID recovery fund to support social care in Wales
A new £48m package of funding to support social care in Wales has today (Tuesday September 14) been announced by Deputy Minister for Social Services Julie Morgan.
The majority of the funding – £40m – has been allocated to local authorities and will be used to help the social care sector meet the ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic.
A further £8m will fund a number of specific priorities, including extending the carers support fund; tackle loneliness in older people; investing in the social care workforce’s wellbeing and in residential services for care-experienced children.
Deputy Minister for Social Services Julie Morgan said:
We place huge value on social care in Wales and we ask a lot of the sector. It is facing significant pressures as a result of the pandemic and – just like our NHS staff – the workforce is exhausted from working so hard for so long.
This new funding recognises the challenges the sector is facing and will help to address some of the financial pressures it faces. It also includes new funding to invest in priority areas to improve services, in line with our ambitions and commitments.
We will continue supporting social care in Wales and, as we recover from the pandemic, will build a strong and resilient social care sector.
Social care COVID recovery fund allocations:
- £40m to local authorities
- £2.8m to the Family Intervention Fund to support child and family wellbeing to safely divert cases from child protection registration
- £2.8m for regional residential services for care experienced children and young people with complex needs (formerly safe accommodation for children with complex needs)
- £1m to continue the carers support fund
- £600,000 for learning disability health checks
- £220,000 to support for older people to re-engage with their communities
- £190,000 to improve the wellbeing offer for the social care workforce
- £150,000 to support the Hillside Secure Children’s Home
- £140,000 for ADSS Cymru to support delivery of the recovery framework
- £100,000 to promote a rights-based approach for older people
Groups supporting older people to engage with their communities and helping to tackle loneliness will receive £220,000 from the £48m Welsh Government social care covid recovery fund.
Older people take an active role in social groups within their communities. The fund will reintroduce them to the activities they were taking part in pre-pandemic, rebuild their confidence their confidence and help re-engage with their communities after the pandemic.
Minister for Finance and Local Government Rebecca Evans said:
We are fully committed to supporting health and social services to recover from the pandemic and move beyond it. The funding we are announcing today is part of a broader package that will help services like these manage the ongoing effects of COVID and deliver high-quality care for people.
Latest News from
Another year of high-quality bathing water standards for Wales01/12/2023 14:05:00
Wales again secured high-quality results in 2023 with 98% of designated bathing waters meeting our stringent environmental standards.
Bill to tackle air and noise pollution passed in the Senedd, supporting a cleaner, healthier and greener future30/11/2023 14:05:00
New legislation was recently (Tuesday, November 28) passed in the Senedd, giving the Welsh Government greater powers to improve air quality and reduce noise pollution across Wales.
All residential high-rise buildings in Wales on the route to remediation30/11/2023 11:10:00
Wales has become the first country in the UK to confirm a route to remediation for all high-rise residential buildings affected by fire safety issues.
New plans to drive forward improvement in maths and literacy29/11/2023 13:20:00
The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, has today announced details of plans to improve literacy and numeracy, as part of wider efforts to deal with impacts of the Covid pandemic in schools.
Economy Minister sets out top priorities for a stronger Welsh economy ‘built by all of us’28/11/2023 14:05:00
Ambition for stand-out Welsh strengths, green prosperity, skills and local jobs form the top priorities for the Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, who will today set out his plans to deliver the Welsh Government’s mission for a stronger economy.
Action plan to help farmers take advantage of digital technology28/11/2023 09:05:00
A new Welsh Government plan is aiming to ensure the agriculture sector in Wales fully benefits from digital technology.
Winter Fair is chance to discuss opportunities and future of farming in Wales27/11/2023 14:05:00
The Winter Fair is an important event to showcase the best of rural Wales and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the agriculture sector especially in responding to the climate and nature emergencies, Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths has said.
Record number of food businesses achieving top hygiene ratings across Wales as mandatory display turns 1027/11/2023 11:05:00
Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing Lynne Neagle, and Chair of the Food Standards Agency, Professor Susan Jebb, welcome the significant improvement in hygiene ratings for Welsh food businesses on the 10th anniversary of mandatory display of food hygiene ratings.
Young Welsh voices created for children and young people who rely on technology to communicate27/11/2023 10:05:00
Children and young people in Wales who rely on technology to communicate now have access to young Welsh-accented voices and Welsh language versions, the Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan, has announced.