Issue details

Fuel support payment to independent sector Home Care providers

Considering the sustained rise in the cost of fuel and wider inflationary pressures facing Home Care providers in East Sussex, Lead Member is asked to approve a one-off payment to independent sector Home Care provider care workers. 

The proposed payment is £150 per worker, and will be in acknowledgement of the significant increase in fuel costs.

The level of payment aligns with a separate proposal being presented to the September Governance Committee, seeking their agreement to the payment of a one-off lump sum of £150 gross, to employee’s designated as a contracted car user on the singe status grades.

If agreed, funding for the Home Care payment will be made from one-off Adult Social Care reserves.

In the region of 3,000 vulnerable adults receive home care commissioned by the Adult Social Care and Health Department in East Sussex. Home Care is an essential service which enables people to remain living in their own homes. 

There are over 2,200 care workers employed by independent sector home care providers in East Sussex who provide personal care across the county, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Car use is essential for care workers given the level of home care provision and rural nature of many areas within East Sussex.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 05/08/2022

Decision due: 6 Sep 2022 by Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Health

Lead member: Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Health

Lead director: Director of Adult Social Care and Health

Department: Adult Social Care and Health

Contact: Samantha Williams, Assistant Director, Strategy, Commissioning and Supply Management 01273 482115 Email: samantha.williams@eastsussex.gov.uk.