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£2.9 billion funding to strengthen care for the vulnerable

The government is to commit £2.9bn to allow those who no longer need urgent hospital treatment to return home, making at least 15,000 beds available during the coronavirus outbreak.

The funding comes from the £5 billion Covid-19 fund already announced by the chancellor. £1.6bn will go to local authorities to help them respond to other coronavirus pressures across all the services they deliver. This includes increasing support for the adult social care workforce and for services helping the most vulnerable, including homeless people.