Letter from Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (19th March 2020)

Letter from Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (19th March 2020)

The coronavirus pandemic is the most serious public health emergency that this country has faced for a generation. The Government’s action plan has two overriding aims: to protect the NHS by strengthening social care and community support, and to protect life by safeguarding those who are most vulnerable.

As part of this plan, the Government has announced £2.9bn funding to strengthen care for the most vulnerable. Of this, £1.6bn will go to local authorities to help respond to COVID-19 pressures across all services. The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government is providing further detail on the funding arrangements separately.

The adult social care sector is at the front line of the response to COVID-19 and has a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of the most vulnerable in society. As the Chancellor has said, we will continue to keep funding under review and ensure that public services receive the funding they need to respond to the outbreak as the situation develops. We recognise that these are not normal times but expect local authorities will do all they can to ensure essential services continue.

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