£7m aid plan for Barnsley's care homes

Members of Barnsley Council's cabinet are expected to approve a £7m recovery plan to aid the town's care homes, which have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 3:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 3:30 pm

The funding will directly support care providers in Barnsley, according to a report to cabinet members, which will be discussed at a meeting on Wednesday.

A report to cabinet members, which breaks down the funding, states that Barnsley care homes support over 1800 residents across 72 homes, which are mostly occupied by elderly residents who are vulnerable to covid 19.

All care providers will receive a share of £3.1m to cover additional costs, such as temporary staff, increased statutory sick pay, and PPE, while a further £2.3M has been earmarked to fund measures to control the transmission of the virus between homes.

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Coun Jenny Platts

A support plan has been established to ensure care homes are given the support, advice, guidance and tools they need to safely support residents through this outbreak and to ensure staff working in care homes are supported.

As part of this plan, one-off payments were made to social care providers in March, ranging from £5,000 to £50,000.

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Councillor Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for communities, said: “I’m very proud of how we’ve pulled together as a caring community during this time. The care home support plan is reflective of a system-wide approach to supporting care homes. The plan was produced by Barnsley Council in conjunction with representatives from SWYPFT/Barnsley CCG/Barnsley Healthcare Federation/BHNFT, and I would like to thank them for their ongoing support.

“Understandably, care home managers and their support staff have been under a massive amount of pressure, and we have been providing them with a range of support including emotional support either over the phone, via technology or by face to face contact, where safe to do so. My thanks go to them and all the care home staff for continuing to provide great care and support to Barnsley residents.”

The council will also monitor the long-term financial sustainability of care homes, and offer support where possible.

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