In response to two questions, the following points were noted:
1. Both lodges were running well and providing advice to residents on compliance with government guidelines. As the accommodation had no self-contained bathrooms, the services were treated as households under COVID-19 lockdown arrangements.
2. In respect of the consequences on vulnerable communities’ post lockdown, officers were tracking data sets to identify pressure points; i.e. increases in housing benefit claims or approaches for advice on housing. Members noted that some industries, which might provide a first step back into employment for homeless clients, might be seriously affected.