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£1m allocated to Nottingham City Council to recruit and retain more staff in adult social care

More than a £1m will be used to recruit and retain more staff for for Nottingham City Council’s adult social care department as the pressure on the service continues.

Nottingham City Council says there has been a rise in the number of people needing adult social care and it makes up a large proportion of its budget.

The Government has allocated the council just over £1m which needs to be spent by the end of March 2022 – with the primary purpose in providing extra staff in adult social care.

A local recruitment campaign will also be launched by the local authority, aiming to increase job interest and applications in the sector.

Examples under consideration on how to retain staff or encourage new staff include incentives to boost their hours by including childcare costs, overtime, and retention payments.

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It is also suggested that this fund is allocated to the home care market, given “the current workforce challenges and risks within this market”.

On Tuesday, January 11, councillors will meet to approve the report and accept the spending of the Government recruitment and retention fund.

The report states: “The value of the grant is £1.050m and has been made available to local authorities to address adult social care workforce capacity pressures in their geographical area, for the winter period 21/22.

“Further work is required to identify how the grant will be spent and allocated, however it is expected 80 per cent will be allocated to providers and 20 per cent will be retained by the service to spend on internal activities that support the grant’s objectives.”

The report does state there is a risk that due to the short timescales involved   allowing for a potential underspend on the grant.

Any unspent grant will need to be returned to the Government.

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