To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people providing informal social care who are paid in cash; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) the provision of such care, and (2) the livelihoods of such carers.
14 April 2020
The Department does not hold the data on the number of people providing informal social care who are paid in cash.
To support those who have personal budgets during COVID-19, the Department is developing guidance on Direct Payments, along with question and answer guidance for those who hold budgets, which will be published at the earliest opportunity.
We have announced £1.6 billion funding for local authorities to help support adult social care providers and staff to respond to COVID-19, and, are developing guidance for employers around redeployment of staff and the use of volunteers to help maintain the services that some of the most vulnerable in our society rely on.