Coronavirus: information and updates

Scope response to Women and Equalities Committee report into problems disabled people facing

Louise Rubin, Head of Policy and Campaigns at disability equality charity Scope, said:

“Today’s report is yet more damning evidence that disabled people have been hit hardest by this pandemic.

“Despite repeated warnings from charities like Scope, the Government is still forgetting disabled people, leaving many feeling abandoned and like they are seen as expendable. Together with Scope, 30,000 disability campaigners wrote to the Prime Minister three months ago calling for urgent action - we have yet to receive a response.

“An inquiry into what’s gone wrong will be vital in due course, but what we need right now is a clear plan from government about how it will protect and support disabled people through this next phase of the pandemic.

“Many are struggling to get food and medical supplies. The lack of any right to furlough means those most at-risk are being forced to choose between their lives and livelihoods.

“As we face the emergence of this new virus strain, the Government must act now to prevent thousands more avoidable deaths. This includes giving disabled people much higher priority in the vaccine roll-out.”

For more information from Scope or to set up interviews, call the Scope press office on 0207 619 7200 or email pressoffice@scope.org.uk

Also on the food issue specifically, Scope’s own research from the past few weeks might be useful:

A survey of 1,000 disabled people carried out by Opinium on behalf of Scope found:

  • 56 per cent of disabled people who need deliveries had not been able to register for priority delivery slots
  • Almost one in three disabled people had to wait more than two weeks for a delivery slot
  • 11 per cent of disabled people were waiting four weeks or more for a delivery slot
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