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Social Services: Disability

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 1st May 2020.

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Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what preparations are in place to ensure access to social care for disabled people during the delay phase of covid-19.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 18 March 2020

The Government have published a number of guidelines covering all sectors within social care. New Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 or those with special needs was published on 24 March. Additional guidance has been published for those people who are classed as essential workers of which social care falls under to ensure access is ongoing.

On 1 April the government published ‘Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities’ which sets out how local authorities can use the new Care Act easements, created under the Coronavirus Act 2020, to ensure the best possible care for people in our society during this exceptional period.

More information can be found at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-changes-to-the-care-act-2014/care-act-easements-guidance-for-local-authorities

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