Welsh Government announces £48m for social care in Wales

By Will Hayward

A new £48m package of funding to support social care in Wales has been announced by the Welsh Government.

Of this £40m has been allocated to local authorities and will be used to help the social care sector meet the ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic.

A further £8m will fund a number of specific priorities including extending the carers' support fund, tackling loneliness in older people, investing in the social care workforce’s wellbeing, and providing residential services for care-experienced children.

The pandemic exposed deep shortcomings with how social care is administered in Wales with care homes and unpaid carers particularly hard hit in the first wave of the crisis.

Deputy minister for social services Julie Morgan said: “We place huge value on social care in Wales and we ask a lot of the sector. It is facing significant pressures as a result of the pandemic and – just like our NHS staff – the workforce is exhausted from working so hard for so long.

“This new funding recognises the challenges the sector is facing and will help to address some of the financial pressures it faces. It also includes new funding to invest in priority areas to improve services in line with our ambitions and commitments.

“We will continue supporting social care in Wales and, as we recover from the pandemic, will build a strong and resilient social care sector.”

The cash, know as the social care Covid recovery fund, will be allocated as follows:

  • £40,000,000 to local authorities
  • £2,800,000 to the Family Intervention Fund to support child and family wellbeing to safely divert cases from child protection registration
  • £2,800,000 for regional residential services for care experienced children and young people with complex needs (formerly safe accommodation for children with complex needs)
  • £1,000,000 to continue the carers' support fund
  • £600,000 for learning disability health checks
  • £220,000 to support for older people to re-engage with their communities
  • £100,000 to promote a rights-based approach for older people
  • £150,000 to support the Hillside Secure Children’s Home
  • £190,000 to improve the wellbeing offer for the social care workforce £140,000 for ADSS Cymru to support delivery of the recovery framework

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