£22.7m to help adult social care sector in Wales

Vaughan Gething has announced £22.7 million in extra funding to help meet the additional costs adult social care providers are incurring as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Welsh Health and Social Services Minister said that the funding is in addition to the £40 million Welsh Government made available to local authorities in April to assist the adult social care sector. The funding will be made available immediately and continue until the end of September after which the situation will be reviewed again.

Gething said: “Social care plays a vital role in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and has been on the front line in our effort across public services to meet the challenges posed by Covid-19.

“The initial payment of £40 million helped the sector meet the rising costs incurred during the pandemic in areas such as staffing, increased infection control, higher food prices and greater use of ICT to keep families in touch with their loved ones where they were no longer able to meet. This further funding will ensure adult social care providers can maintain their vital care in what continues to be challenging circumstances.”