LGA responds to Independent Age Report on older people's coronavirus experience

“The coronavirus outbreak will severely test and stretch our social care workforce, who already do a tremendous job in the face of extreme pressures.”


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Responding to an Independent Age report on older people’s experience of coronavirus, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Older and vulnerable people are councils’ highest priority in their efforts to defeat coronavirus, in their role as a fourth emergency service.

“The recently announced funding for councils to support the most vulnerable will help councils do everything they can to ensure people are able to access vital care and support. The resources that councils need must be kept under close and regular review to ensure they can continue to best play their part in the days and weeks ahead.

“This includes working with the new community hubs to ensure essential food and medicine gets to those who need it.

“The coronavirus outbreak will severely test and stretch our social care workforce, who already do a tremendous job in the face of extreme pressures.”

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