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Sheffield City Council announces additional funding for Care Homes during COVID19

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Whilst the pandemic continues to place extra pressure on all services across the city, it has brought additional demand to Sheffield’s care sector.

In recognition of this, Sheffield City Council is providing all standard residential and nursing homes an interim extra 5% in funding to supplement the added strain on services during the epidemic. The Council is providing this 5% increase to meet higher than usual costs during the pandemic.

We will continue to offer further support by working with each care provider to make sure needs are met during the crisis on a home by home basis.

Funds will be paid initially to cover 3 months from 30th March 2020. This is in addition to the agreed 4.9% uplift from April 2020.

Whilst care homes continue to work hard to provide a safe service for their residents, it is hoped the additional funding will help alleviate some financial pressures facing care providers during Covid-19.

Cabinet member for Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council George Lindars-Hammond said:

“Although the Government has provided some additional funding for Sheffield City Council’s coronavirus response, this does not meet the extra costs needed across services.

“It is important at a time of enormous strain upon our health services, that we acknowledge the extra pressures facing residential and nursing homes during the pandemic.

“We have listened to the concerns of local providers across the board and as a result standard residential and nursing homes will receive the extra 5% funding in response to the needs of the sector, as soon as possible.

“This comes at a time when it is needed most, and forms a vital part of the ongoing support that we provide to care homes.

“We continue to meet emergency demand for PPE supply and stock continues to be built up locally to make sure we can meet the growing needs for kit in the city.

“We will continue to communicate with everyone on a home by home basis and will be working with all care providers to make sure we understand their needs.”