To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2020 to Question 69446, on Coronavirus: Government Assistance, how many and what proportion of people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable were registered to request support with food and/or basic care as at 13 September 2020.
National advice to shield was paused on 1 August. In advance of this pause, the National Shielding Service website and automated phoneline were closed to new registrations on 17 July. On closure of new registrations, 198,167 individuals had registered a need for help to obtain essential supplies. To the same timeframe, 71,282 individuals were registered a need for basic care. Everyone who had requested priority access to online supermarket slots by 17 July has also retained this access. There are around 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable individuals in England, and the vast majority of those did not request support.