HALF a billion in Government cash will help reduce Covid-19 transmissions and help protect residents and staff throughout winter.
The Infection Control Fund, set up in May, has now been extended until March 2021.
An extra £546 million will be available to help England’s care sector restrict the movement of staff between care homes to stop the spread of the virus.
The fund will help care providers pay staff full wages when they are self-isolating and enable staff to work in only one care home, reducing the risk of spreading the infection.
This brings the total funding for infection control measures in care homes to over £1.1 billion.
Redditch MP Rachel Maclean said: “Care home staff in Redditch and across the country have been heroic during this pandemic and have gone above and beyond in their dedication to their residents.
“My mum is living with dementia and so she needs help and support to continue living in her own home. I can’t thank her carers enough.
“This new funding over half a billion pounds gives me peace of mind that the Government is doing everything it can to support not only care home residents, but also some of the most vulnerable in society living at home and in supported living.”