Scope calls for explanation of government decision to end shielding in July
19 March 2020
James Taylor, Executive Director of Strategy, Impact and Social Change at Scope, said:
“Millions of disabled people have spent the last three months isolated at home either because they have been instructed to shield or because they have serious concerns about the risks of contracting Covid 19 for their health.
"Lockdown has put disabled people’s lives on hold, prevented them from seeing loved ones and left many feeling isolated and alone.
"The news that restrictions might be lifted at the end of July may bring some relief, but it also brings many questions, confusion and uncertainty.
"The Government needs to explain how it has come to this decision and how it intends to ensure the safety of disabled people as we come out of lockdown.
"The risk of catching coronavirus may be reduced from the peak of the pandemic, but it has not disappeared altogether.
"Disabled people will rightly be anxious about their safety whether out shopping, returning to work or getting on public transport. Some may still not feel confident enough to go outdoors at all.
"We need urgent information and reassurance about the changes being proposed.
"Disabled people have been forgotten too many times throughout this pandemic and yet they have been amongst the hardest hit.
"We are concerned that once again we are seeing the announcement of significant changes to the lives of disabled people without proper consultation and without a clear plan from Government.”
19 March 2020