Coronavirus: information and updates

Government must gain disabled people's trust over shielding

James Taylor, Scope's executive director of strategy, impact and social change, said:
 
"The news that an end to shielding is now in sight brings hope and relief to many, but also high levels of anxiety. 
 
"Three months ago, millions of disabled people were asked to pause their lives to protect their health. For many the situation has been unbearable, taking a toll on mental health and wellbeing. It’s welcome that something close to normal life can resume for disabled people, but there will still be fear and uncertainty about how safe it is to go outside. 
 
"As changes to the shielding guidelines come into force, disabled people will have many questions about what it means for them and their families. We are pleased that the government has made this announcement with time to answer and address concerns. We also hope that employers will use this time to consider how they can best support disabled employees who have been shielding to return to work. We urge employers not to forget their legal obligations to disabled employees and be as flexible as possible. 
 
"Disabled people have often felt forgotten during the pandemic. Clear and accessible communication remains essential as we move into the next stage. There will be questions from disabled people about what happens if there is a second wave. The government needs to gain disabled people’s trust and lay out a clear plan for how it will support disabled people going forward.”

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