CUMBRIA County Council has welcomed a£5.6million cash injection to help support care homes in the area during the coronavirus pandemic.

The money is not given to the council to then decide how it is spent. Instead, it will be sent to the care sector as soon as it is received.

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “We welcome this additional funding and recognition of the significant additional financial pressures that the care sector is facing as it responds to the COVID-19 crisis.”

This money is part of the Government's announcement of a £600 million Infection Control Fund, launched to reduce the transmission of coronavirus on care homes.

Cumbria County Council will receive £5,678,490 to support local care homes. There are currently 4,424 care home beds registered in the area.

The funding will be used ensure that care homes can continue their efforts.