Guidance

Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund: round 2

Sets out the infection control measures that the new infection control fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.

Applies to England

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This guidance applies to the second round of the Infection Control Fund, which operated between October 2020 and March 2021. While this fund is no longer live, this guidance is preserved here for reference.

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

Its 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.

Published 1 October 2020
Last updated 15 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added note outlining that the fund is now closed and that the guidance is being left as reference.

  2. Added a paragraph to 'Annex D: assurance statement' on spent and unspent or recouped funds. Updated 'Annex E: local authority reporting template: reporting point 6 – October 2020 to March 2021 spending' attachment.

  3. Updated document Annex E: local authority reporting template: reporting point 5 – October 2020 to February 2021 spending.

  4. Added paragraph to 'Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund – round 2: guidance': "On 19 February 2021, the Department clarified that funding under this allocation could also be used for reasonable administrative costs associated with (1) organising and recording the outcomes of COVID-19 tests and (2) organising COVID-19 vaccinations, where these were not being supported by other government funding streams. The decision to allow claims against the fund for these purposes would remain a choice for local authorities and no additional funding is being provided for these purposes."

  5. Replaced the local authority reporting template (Annex E) with an updated version.

  6. Updated Annex E to include December 2020, renamed 'Annex E: local authority reporting template: reporting point 2 – October to December 2020 spending'.

  7. 'Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund – round 2: guidance' has been updated: providers should ensure that staff who need to attend work or another location for the purposes of being vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 are paid their usual wages to do so, and any costs associated with reaching a vaccination or testing facility.

  8. Updated 'Annex E: local authority reporting template: reporting point 2 – October-November 2020 spending'.

  9. Updated 'Annex E: local authority reporting template: reporting point 1 – October 2020 spending' to correct cell validation rules in the spreadsheet.

  10. Updated 'Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund – round 2: guidance': 1) to clarify the interaction between the Infection Control Fund and the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme; and (2) to add conditions under which local authorities may propose an alternative approach for allocating infection control funding for community care. Updated Annex C, adding conditions under which local authorities may propose an alternative approach for allocating infection control funding for community care. Updated Annex E, replacing the example reporting template with the final template, which local authorities are asked to complete when compiling their monthly reports.

  11. First published.