Councils call for extra cash for expanded shielding list

By Heather Jameson | 17 February 2021

Councils have called for more access to data and extra cash to deal with sharp spike in the number of people shielding from coronavirus.

The Government has announced there will be an extra 1.7m people added to the existing 2.3m shielding list in England.

The increased list comes as the Government developed a new model to take into account extra factors such as ethnicity, deprivation and weight.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has said councils were ready to do ;all they can’ to help people at risk.

However, chair of the LGA community wellbeing board, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, said: ‘It is crucial that councils receive regular access to data and long term funding so they can reach out to everyone who needs support as quickly as possible.’

The race is now on to get vaccinations to the people on the new vulnerable list as quickly as possible.

Councils will continue to receive funding to help those who are shielding with food shopping, collecting prescriptions, access to social care and loneliness support services.

The new list is expected to put particular strain on councils with high levels of deprivation.

The Ministry of Housing, communities and Local Government was expected to send out updated Shielded Patient Lists yesterday.

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