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Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is holding her first coronavirus briefing since the resignation of Catherine Calderwood as Scotland’s chief medical officer.
She says a home care worker has died of coronavirus in West Dumbartonshire. She was one of two more victims in Scotland’s total death toll of 222.
Potential victims of modern slavery are to be allowed to stay in government-funded safe houses for the next three months, the Home Office has said.
Through the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the official process for identifying victims of modern slavery, individuals are able to access support including accommodation for at least 45 days if found to be suspected victims.
“The safety of modern slavery victims and the frontline staff supporting them remains a top priority. By taking this decisive action we will ensure that vulnerable people continue to have access to safe accommodation.”
We have plans to ensure we continue to have the capacity to accommodate new victims needing support, which will contribute to the additional capacity now required following the government’s decision to restrict clients moving on from our network of safe houses.