North Somerset Council has today agreed a temporary increase to adult care provider fees to help them deal with the increased costs associated with COVID-19. The Liberal Democrat Group welcome the increases which will be backdated to 6 April and remain in place until 31 May. The Council will review whether further payments are needed next month
All care home placements made by North Somerset Council will benefit from a flat-rate increase of £100 per week and home care payment rates will increase by £1 an hour.
These increases amount to £143,962 a week or £1.871m over a twelve-week period.
The costs will be funded from the £5.9m COVID-19 emergency grant received by North Somerset Council from the government this month.
Cllr Mike Bell, deputy leader of the council and executive member for adult care said: “Our care providers are doing a tremendous job of continuing to provide vital care to the most vulnerable members of our community and deserve our utmost respect. But respect and gratitude alone won’t see them through this crisis.
“While I’m pleased that we’re able to provide extra funding to help them deal with the increased pressures they’re currently facing, the additional funding we’ve received so far from the government is unlikely to go far enough to meet the care system’s needs. We will continue to press for more funding to support our care providers.”