Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
Proposed decision – As Cabinet Member
for Adult Social Care and Health, I agree that:
i) Kent County Council accepts the Infection Control Fund grant (£18.88m) under the terms set out by the government.
ii) 75% of the Infection Control Fund received from central government (£14.16m) is made available to all registered care home beds in Kent based on the number of registered beds..
iii) In line with the terms set out by the government, the money will be paid to each provider in two equal instalments upon the provider entering into a legally binding commitment to:
(a) Complete and update the national capacity tracker
(b) Only spend the money for infection control purposes as set out in the letter from
the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
(c) Only spend the money on expenditure relating to Kent care homes which they
would not otherwise have incurred.
(d) Apply open book accounting methods to demonstrate how the money has
(e) Return any money paid where they cannot demonstrate that the money has been
spent as permitted by 30 September 2020
(f) to minimise third party charges (for example, costs to avoid
the use of public transport)
(g) Confirm that in no circumstances is any element of profit or mark-up applied to
any costs or charges to be reimbursed as part of this scheme.
iv) when the second instalment of infection control funding is received, the second instalment is made available on the same basis as the first, to operators once they can demonstrate they have spent the first instalment
v) the Corporate Director for Adult Social Care will develop proposals on how to allocate
the remaining 25% (£4.72m) of the Infection Control Fund grant, in line with the terms of
the grant, to support the whole care market (including homecare, supported living and
those on direct payments) with wider resilience in relation to COVID-19 Infection Control.
These proposals will be subject to a further key decision.
vi) to DELEGATE authority to the Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health and the Corporate Director for Finance, to finalise the terms of and confirm the relevant payments as required; and
vii) to DELEGATE authority to the Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health to take other relevant actions, including but not limited to entering into and finalising the terms of relevant contracts or other legal agreements, as necessary to implement the decision
Reason for urgency:
To support the security of the social care provider market in Kent during the COVID19 crisis and enable providers to maintain delivery of essential services to the vulnerable people of Kent.
The government have stipulated that 75% of the initial grant should be passported to providers as quickly as possible. Whilst the government have advised this should be within ten working days upon receipt of the funding, given the scale and complexity of the social care market in Kent, and the number of providers with whom we have no relationship, funds will be passported as quickly as possible.
On 14 May, the government wrote to Local Authorities announcing that £600 million will be issued to councils to support care providers through a new Infection Control Fund. This will be received in two instalments: 50% in late May and 50% in July. The government has required that 75% of this funding is for direct passporting to homes that have met the conditions outlined in the grant. There is more discretion over how the remaining 25% of the grant can be spent.
Urgent item?: Yes
Publication date: 12/06/2020
Date of decision: 12/06/2020