Issue details

Financial Support to the Care Sector

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the Council has provided financial support to the care sector in recognition of additional costs related to the provision of services. Previous decisions in April 2020 (Report AH02 20/21) and August 2020 (Report OKD24 20/21) dealt with these arrangements.


Financial Support has also been allocated by the government. On the 15 May 2020  a care home support package was announced backed by a £600m infection control fund . The specified purpose of the grant is to provide support to adult social care providers, including those with whom the Council does not have a contract, to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission in and between care homes and support wider workforce resilience to enable improved infection control. Previous decisions Report Ref: OKD17 20/21 and Report ref: OKD23 20/21 dealt with these arrangements. A further sum of money under Infection Control Grant arrangements will be allocated to West Sussex County Council for distribution.


The impact of the continuing public health situation on the care market will continue to be reviewed. Subject to the availability of funds, further financial support to care providers may need to be considered to maintain the resilience of services after support provided to date comes to an end.


The Interim Executive Director Adults and Health will be asked to approve any use and allocation of funds, including the Infection Control Grant, to provide financial assistance to care providers.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 26/08/2020

Decision due: October 2020 by Interim Executive Director Adults and Health

Lead member: Alan Adams, Interim Executive Director for Adults & Health (DASS)

Lead director: Alan Adams

Contact: Juliette Garrett, Senior Commissioning Manager (Adults) Email: juliette.garrett@westsussex, Tel: 033 022 223748.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Interim Executive Director Adults and Health via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Cabinet Member for Adults and Health

Director of Law and Assurance

Director of Finance and Support Services

Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 033 022 26050

West Sussex Plan Priority: Independence in Later Life

Background papers

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