Vulnerable Individuals

Guidance on Social Distancing and for Vulnerable People

Vulnerable people are of paramount concern to us all in these times.

  • £500 million more is being provided to local authorities to support economically vulnerable people and households which I expect will be used to provide Council Tax relief.

If you don’t work due to a pre-existing conditions, or a disability, you will:

  • no longer be required to attend face to face assessments for the next 3 months

Everyone, whether they have symptoms or not, should stop non-essential contact with others and stop all unnecessary travel globally. This advice is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions who are at higher risk.

The NHS will also be writing to all those deemed “extremely vulnerable” strongly advising that they stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks. The list of those who are deemed extremely vulnerable can be found here

Local Support For Those In Need

Locally I am working in conjunction with Burnley Council, Lancashire County Council, Calico, CVS and other voluntary associations to coordinate efforts to help anybody who is self-isolating get the food and supplies they need. 


Help for the elderly 

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust over the phone about your concerns and how you are feeling.