The £240m winter funding for local authorities to spend on adult social care has now been allocated (see below for East Midlands allocations). This is supposed to be spent by Local Authorities to prepare for increased winter pressures and to free up beds by reducing delayed transfers of care.
The funding should go towards home care packages, reablement packages
and home adaptions, all to help patients get out of hospital quicker.
As I said in my post yesterday, this money has not been ring-fenced so technically, Local Authorities can spend it on whatever they like OR not at all.
Matt Hancock (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care) said: “We will use this money to get people who don’t need to be in hospital, but do need care, back home, back into their communities, so we can free up those vital hospital beds, and help people who really need it, get the hospital care they need.”
Below are the figures for the East Midlands: