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Council pledges extra £18.6m to increase residential care capacity in Essex during Coronavirus outbreak

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Essex County Council has today announced a further £18.6m of funding to increase residential care capacity during the COVID-19 emergency.

Officials say increasing the number of residential beds available will help free up urgently needed space within the NHS and local hospitals.

"The extra money released today means that Adult Social Care can ensure that wherever possible people with social care related needs are able to be cared for out of hospital, freeing capacity for people with COVID-19 related complications."

– Councillor John Spence, Essex County Council

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