Homelessness: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to local authority housing services on the provision of support to homeless people that may have covid-19; and what steps he is taking to ensure that those services are prepared to support homeless people and rough sleepers with covid-19.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

We continue to work closely with local authorities to ensure they are prepared to deliver their statutory obligations under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

The Secretary of State has instructed officials to work with councils to support and maintain their public services, including housing provision via the Covid-19 Response Fund, which has initially been set at £5 billion and provides funding so public services are prepared and protected.

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