On 14 May 2020, Helen Whately MP (Minister of State for Care) wrote to all local authorities seeking assurance that the social care system is taking all possible steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. Wokingham Borough Council is required to publish the attached supporting evidence. The Chief Executive of Wokingham Borough Council has worked with system partners to agree the following return, consisting of:
- A letter setting out a short overview of our health and social care systems current activity and forward plan;
- A short template that confirms the current support offer to the sector. The template confirms the number of care homes in our local area where these commitments are being delivered, including homes that the Council does not directly commission
- A summary of the financial uplifts and other extra funding for care providers in Wokingham
Adult Social Care is at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, and many social care providers in Wokingham have robust arrangements in place and are in daily communication with their local authority, seeking appropriate advice and support. This confirms that the Council is carrying out a daily review of the local care market (including all relevant data, especially on care homes), and taking actions immediately where necessary to support them.
For the summary on financial uplifts and other extra funding for care providers in Wokingham, see the COVID-19: Financial Support for Adult Social Care Providers web page.