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Thousands of vulnerable people missed out on support at start of pandemic

‘Poor data’ meant it took too long to identify up to 800,000 people who should have been shielding

As many as 800,000 clinically extremely vulnerable people may have missed out on government support at the start of the Covid pandemic, with some elderly and blind people struggling to access food, parliament’s spending watchdog has found.

The Public Accounts Committee said “poor data” meant that it took too long to identify more than a third of the 2.2 million people who should have been shielding at a time of urgent need.

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