South West Bedfordshire MP, Andrew Selous is delighted that Central Bedfordshire will receive £586,335 from the new Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund for adult social care.
This £162.5 million fund will bolster the capacity of the adult social care workforce over winter, helping to ensure care workers across the country can continue to deliver high quality care for the most vulnerable in our society.
This funding comes on top of the additional £388 million infection control funding that we announced for adult social care in September 2021. Over the course of the pandemic, the Government will have made available over £6 billion in funding for local authorities to address pressures on their services, including for adult social care.
The Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund will enable local authorities to work closely with providers to consider innovative measures to boost adult social care workforce capacity across England. This could include investing in retention activity, such as occupational health and wellbeing schemes; recruitment activity, such as local recruitment campaigns; or activity to enhance the capacity of the existing workforce, such as the creation of shared banks of care staff, or funding overtime payments.
A similar fund last winter, the £120 million Workforce Capacity Fund, created over 7 million hours of additional adult social care staffing time and contributed to the recruitment of over 39,000 additional care staff.
The Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund will be allocated to local authorities using our relative needs formula and will fund activity to enhance workforce capacity until the end of March 2022. Further information on the fund is available at Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund for adult social care - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The fund is one of a series of measures to support local authorities and providers continue to provide high quality social care throughout the winter. Further information on the Government’s Adult Social Care Coronavirus Winter Plan is available at Adult social care: coronavirus (COVID-19) winter plan 2021 to 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
On hearing the news on the granted fund amount, Andrew Selous MP said
“I am thrilled to hear that Central Bedfordshire will be receiving £586,335 from the Adult Social Care Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund. Throughout the pandemic care workers have shown true dedication and professionalism in delivering outstanding care, often in the most challenging circumstances. We owe them a debt of gratitude.”