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, what levels of Government support are available as at 27 September 2020 to the 341,463 clinically extremely vulnerable individuals who as at 13 May 2020 had registered to request support with food and/or basic care.
National advice to shield was paused on 1 August. Where shielding guidance has continued in particular areas subject to local restrictions, councils have been at the heart of delivery, taking responsibility for understanding the needs of those shielding and facilitating access to food and basic support. Nationally, everyone who had requested priority access to online supermarket slots by 17 July has also retained this access. We will continue to work in partnership with councils to consider how best to support clinically extremely vulnerable individuals in the event that shielding guidance is reintroduced in local areas.