Issue details

Allocation of Workforce Capacity Fund for Adult Social Care

On 16 January 2021, the Government announced a specific support fund of £120m nationally to support workforce pressures within Adult Social Care.

 

The specified purpose of this funding is to enable local authorities to deliver measures to supplement and strengthen adult social care staff capacity to ensure that safe and continuous care is achieved across the market.

 

The West Sussex allocation of the Workforce Capacity Fund (WCF) is £1.652m.

 

The first instalment of the grant, 70% of the total allocation was received on 3rd February 2021. The second instalment will only be made if the authority has written to the Department by 12 February 2021 confirming their plan for spending the grant, including a breakdown of their expected activity and estimated costs. The second instalment is contingent on the Department being satisfied that the first instalment is being used in accordance with the conditions of the grant. The second instalment will be received in March 2021 and must be spent on activity that takes place between 16 January 2021 and 31 March 2021.

 

As with previous grants for infection control and lateral flow testing the Council is required to comply with a number of conditions set out in the grant circular distributed by the Government through associated guidance.

 

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 22/01/2021

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
This decision is urgent due as the council is required to comply with a number of conditions set out in Government Guidance within a specified a timeframe. The first instalment of the grant, 70% of the total allocation was received on 3 February 2021. The second instalment will only be made if the County Council has written to the department by 12 February 2021 confirming their plan for spending the grant, including a breakdown of their expected activity and estimated costs. The second instalment is contingent on the department being satisfied that the first instalment is being used in accordance with the conditions of the grant. The second instalment will be received in March 2021 and must be spent on activity that takes place between 16 January 2021 and 31 March 2021.

Decision due: 15 February 2021 by Director of Law and Assurance

Lead member: Tony Kershaw, Director of Law and Assurance tony.kershaw@westsussex.gov.uk

Contact: Keith Hinkley, Executive Director Adults and Health Email: keith.hinkley@westsussex.gov.uk Tel: 033 022 24751.

Consultation process

Representation can made via the officer contact.

 

Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 033 022 26050

Background3: A Council that Works for the Community

Decisions

Background papers

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