Housing Occupancy: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 29th April 2020.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Labour, Birmingham, Ladywood

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to help prevent people living in multi-generational households from being at increased risk of covid-19.

Photo of Simon Clarke Simon Clarke Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

MHCLG is working closely with Public Health England (PHE) who have produced guidance on self-isolation and social distancing within the home as well as guidance on how to minimise the risk of infection by following cleaning and hygiene practices. This will be especially important for those who share facilities with others. At a local level, Directors of Public Health in local authorities have specific responsibilities with regard to the public health implications of local outbreaks of coronavirus.

The department will continue to work closely with PHE on a range of matters, including to ensure risks associated with overcrowded conditions are addressed.

We are working with sector representatives to see how we can best support local authorities in identifying at-risk groups, signposting and matching needs to services, and supporting the voluntary and community sector.

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