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Coronavirus: Homelessness

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 28074, tabled on 11 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the risks that covid-19 poses for homeless people and rough sleepers.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

18 March 2020

Public Health England (PHE) has published guidance for hostel or day centres for people rough sleeping, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping

As part of local emergency planning, local councils would have plans in place to provide support to these groups of people, including providing suitable accommodation for self-isolation.

General PHE advice on COVID-19 is updated regularly and is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The Stay at Home guidance on self-isolation and access to testing is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

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