Local Government: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th June 2020.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Employment)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what (a) financial, (b) emotional an (c) additional support the Government plans to provide to people (i) who are shielding, (ii) who live with people who are shielding and (iii) identified as clinically vulnerable when the family members and volunteers they rely on return to work as lockdown restrictions are lifted during the covid-19 outbreak.

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

The Government launched the shielding programme in March to help clinically extremely vulnerable individuals get food parcels, basic supplies and put them in contact with local services and volunteers to provide social and emotional support. The Government will continue to provide the support that the shielded in our communities need. We will continue with our package of financial support, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Income Support Package until October and Statutory Sick Pay. In line with the current public health advice, those living with shielding people are not advised to shield themselves, and should follow social distancing guidance, remaining alert and safe.

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