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Welsh Government issues advice to Welsh housing sector on coronavirus response

06/03/2020


We have received a number of queries regarding guidance to protect staff, tenants and service users in the face of the growing concerns around the spread of coronavirus. In broad terms concerns fall into two categories; firstly the more general preventative and cautionary actions to be taken by all staff working in the sector and secondly the specific actions that may need to be taken by those working with vulnerable individuals in hostels, emergency and supported accommodation and via outreach.

CIH Cymru director Matt Dicks has discussed with policy colleagues leading on the response here in Wales who feel that in relation to the general functions of social landlords the guidance currently being finalised for ‘general employment’ situations along with the guidance for social and community residential settings should meet the sector’s needs. The current Government guidance relating to social and community care settings can be read here.

The ‘Employers’ guidance will be finalised imminently. We will issue a link to further guidance as soon as it has been finalised and agreed.

Regarding advice and guidance for the sector working in hostels, emergency and supported accommodation or via outreach particularly with rough sleeping and other vulnerable populations, we recognise the legitimate concerns being raised and are considering them with colleagues in WG and Public Health.

We also have a growing list of further specific questions on which we will seek to provide Q&A on over the coming days, please direct further specific queries to the government business mailbox (link above).ht the call


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