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Social Services: Finance

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 902197, tabled on 5 May 2020

What steps the Government is taking to introduce a new (a) living wage and (b) financial settlement for social care workers.

Answered on

5 May 2020

We have now made £3.2 billion available to local authorities to address the pressures on local services caused by the pandemic. This funding can be used to cover the cost of pay for care workers who are currently unable to work because they may be shielding (if they are among the clinically extremely vulnerable) or self-isolating – and this has been included in guidance to local authorities.

My department is working with Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services to confirm that funding provided to local authorities has been distributed to social care providers, and on to the workforce, in accordance with this guidance.

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