Adult social care winter funding allocated

Local authorities in England will receive a share of a £240 million fund to help local areas ease winter pressures on the NHS.

Councils have been allocated the funding based on the adult social care relative needs formula and could pay for home care packages to help patients get out of hospital quicker, reablement packages, which support workers to help patients carry out everyday tasks and regain mobility and confidence, or home adaptations, including new facilities for personal care, such as adapting a shower room if a patient has limited movement.

The funding announcement was previously made on 2 October by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who said that the money should be spent helping ‘to get people who don’t need to be in hospital, but do need care, back home, back into their communities, so we can free up those vital hospital beds’.

The authorities receiving the highest levels of funding are: Kent (£6,164,434), Essex (£5,919,494), Birmingham (£5,600,295), Lancashire (£5,518152) and Hampshire (£4,754,497).

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