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Adult Social Care Infection Fund: CPA Briefing note for care providers on reporting to local authorities

Updated 6 October 2020

The Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund was first introduced in May 2020 and was initially worth £600 million.

It supports adult social care providers to reduce the rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission within and between care settings, in particular by helping to reduce the need for staff movements between sites.

The Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund has been extended until March 2021, with an extra £546 million of funding.

The CPA produced a briefing note relating to the original £600 million Infection Control Fund in June 2020. The briefing note provided further information and examples to support care providers’ reports to local authorities.

Government guidance about this second Fund is extensive, and therefore CPA has not produced an additional briefing note on it, and the original note has been archived. We will, however, monitor emerging issues and update this page with any further clarifications and useful links.

Infection Control Fund 2 – Key points§

Local authorities should pass 80% of each instalment directly to:

  • care homes within the local authority’s geographical area on a per beds basis
  • CQC-regulated community care providers (domiciliary care, extra care and supported living) within the local authority’s geographical area on a per user basis.

Government expects this to take no longer than 20 working days upon receipt of the funding in a local authority, subject to providers meeting the conditions as stated in the local authority circular (October 2020).

The other 20% of the funding must be used to support care providers to take additional steps to tackle the risk of COVID-19 infections but can be allocated at the local authority’s discretion. (Note this can include “paying care staff their usual wages in order to attend a GP or pharmacy to be vaccinated against flu outside of their normal working hours”.

The funding will be paid in two instalments. The first will be paid to local authorities on 1 October 2020. The second instalment will be paid in December 2020.

Residential care providers, including homes with self-funding residents and homes run by local authorities, will be required to have completed the Capacity Tracker at least twice (i.e. two consecutive weeks) and have committed to continuing to do so at least once per week until 31 March 2021 to be eligible to receive funding via the 80% ‘per beds’/’per user’ allocation.

CQC-registered community care providers, including those with exclusively self-funded clients, must have completed the CQC homecare survey (or successor, as per government guidance) at least twice (i.e. two consecutive weeks) and have committed to completing that survey at least once per week to be eligible to receive funding via the 80% ‘per beds’/’per user’ allocation.

In order to receive the second instalment, providers will need to be able to demonstrate to local authorities that they have realistic plans to spend the funding that are consistent with the conditions of the fund. We do not expect local authorities to require providers to prove that they have spent all of the funding before passing on the second instalment.

To receive the second instalment of the fund, providers must have been completing the Capacity Tracker or CQC homecare survey (as per government guidance) at least once per week since they first received support from the new Infection Control Fund (which came into place on 1 October 2020).

Government expects the grant will be fully spent on infection control measures (as outlined in the grant determination letter) by 31 March 2021. ‘Spent’ means that expenditure has been incurred on or before 31 March.

Infection Control Fund 2 – Key documents

Minister’s letter to care providers regarding ICF2 – 1 October 2020

Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund – all documents

Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund – round 2: guidance

Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund – round 2: local authority circular

Annex A: grant determination letter

Annex B: grant allocations

Annex C: grant conditions

Annex D: assurance statement

Annex E: local authority reporting template