By John Pring in Disability News Service.
At least 10 disabled MPs and peers have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to ensure that the government improves its support for disabled people in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The letter, sent to Boris Johnson by the all-party parliamentary group for disability and signed by 100 MPs and peers, calls for a “disability inclusive” response to the crisis.
It warns Johnson that disabled people are “disproportionately at higher risk from COVID-19 and its long term social and economic consequences”, yet the government’s existing emergency responses to the pandemic have failed to prioritise them.
It says the inequalities faced by disabled people have been “exacerbated” during the crisis, while their rights and protections are being “weakened”.
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