WALES’ 22 local authorities are being given a share of £10 million to pay for driving lessons for domiciliary care workers, as well as for new electric vehicles, it has been announced.

The cash, funded through the Welsh Government’s second supplementary budget, is intended to support domiciliary care and increase the availability of services by making it easier for staff to travel.

Announcing the funding, deputy minister for social services Julie Morgan said being unable to drive or not having access to a vehicle is one of the main barriers to recruitment in the sector, and can limit the number of hours staff are able to work and services providers can offer.

“This funding will support the sector to meet these challenges and help people return home from hospital by increasing the provision of services,” she said.

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Although there is a significant backlog of driving test dates due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has agreed to prioritise test dates for Welsh domiciliary care workers are waiting to sit their driving tests.

Ms Morgan added: “I encourage anyone working in domiciliary care who is learning to drive to speak to their employer about how this funding could benefit them and their career.”

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