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12 May, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government confirms £50 million to help the social care sector deal with financial implications of COVID-19

Funding will help ensure that any increasing need for social care as a result of the pandemic is met, says Health Secretary

The Scottish Government has confirmed funding of £50 million to help the social care sector deal with the financial implications of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Announcing the funding - which is to help address the immediate challenges faced in the social care sector and support ongoing provision of social care - Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said - 

'We know the social care sector is at the frontline of the current pandemic and the Scottish Government has been undertaking a detailed review of additional costs incurred by the sector.

This funding is part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to support resilience in social care provision and ensure that any increasing need for social care as a result of the pandemic is met.

I hope this will reassure the social care sector that additional costs related to COVID-19 will be provided and we will continue to work closely with COSLA and NHS Boards to ensure they have the resources needed throughout this pandemic.'

For more information see £50 million for social care from gov.scot