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Local Government Responsibilities: Public Services

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:00 pm on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Labour, Birmingham, Yardley 5:00 pm, 18th March 2020

I thank the Minister. This morning, in a conference call with the leader of Birmingham City Council, the biggest council in Europe, we discussed this exact thing. Currently in social care and across care homes in the city of Birmingham—I imagine it is the same everywhere—they simply do not have the personal protective equipment to do the job that they need to be doing. I was asked to raise that directly with the Government and press them on it, because people are being put in harm’s way.