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Social Services: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 25640, tabled on 5 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to manage the potential effect of the spread of covid-19 on the social care workforce; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

1 May 2020

On 13 March 2020 [updated on 6 April 2020], the government published guidance for social or community care and residential settings which was cascaded across the United Kingdom by Public Health England and devolved authorities which can be found at the following link:

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

The guidance is tailored for providers of residential care, supported living and home care, in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance sets out:

- How to maintain delivery of care in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19; and

- What to do if care workers or individuals being cared for have symptoms of COVID-19.

On 15 April 2020 the government published ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care action plan’ which can be read here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-adult-social-care-action-plan

The government also announced £2.9 billion funding to strengthen care for the vulnerable. This funding is part of the government’s commitment to ensure the National Health Service, social care system and other public services, have all the resources they need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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