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Asked on: 29 June 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Coastal Communities Fund: North East
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the Coastal Communities Fund has been spent since 2012 on regions (1) in the North East of England, and (2) north of the River Tyne in England.
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Answered by: Lord Greenhalgh
Answered on: 13 July 2020

Since 2012, HMG has committed £182,891,469 to support sustainable economic growth in coastal communities in England through the Coastal Communities Fund. Of this money, 12.32% (£22,530,653) has been allocated to projects in the North East of England. 6.24% (£11,417,229) has been allocated to projects north of the River Tyne.

Asked on: 06 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Protective Clothing: Procurement
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Bethell on 23 April (HL Deb, col 90), whether their approach to personal protective equipment procurement remains one of collaboration with local initiatives following the report in the Financial Times on 4 May that procurement is being nationalised.
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Answered by: Lord Bethell
Answered on: 30 June 2020

A cross-Government personal protective equipment (PPE) sourcing unit, staffed by over 400 people, is securing new supply lines from across the world and has published rigorous standards against which purchases will be made. Lord Deighton is leading the Government effort by British industry to manufacture PPE. The Government has processed over 23,000 cases from over 15,000 suppliers and has contracted with 150 of them. In addition, we are in contact with over 350 potential manufacturers and have signed contracts to manufacture over two billion items of PPE through United Kingdom-based manufacturers. More new manufacturers are expected to commit to producing PPE in the coming weeks.

Asked on: 05 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Social Workers: Mental Health Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to provide mental health support for the social care workforce (1) during, and (2) after, the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Answered by: Lord Bethell
Answered on: 15 May 2020

The Government wants everybody working in social care to feel like they have somewhere to turn, or someone to talk to, when they are finding things difficult.

Samaritans, Shout, Hospice UK and Mind have collaborated to launch ‘Our Frontline’ to provide information, emotional support and access to a crisis text service for frontline workers, including in social care. The Department has also launched an app that contains resources that focus on mental and physical wellbeing including access to wellbeing apps designed to provide support during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hospice UK has also extended its bereavement and trauma line to provide dedicated support to social care staff and the Department is working with Samaritans to extend its dedicated listening service to the social care workforce as soon as possible.

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