By John Pring in Disability News Service.
Disabled people have highlighted gaps in social security support, flaws in the shielding system and worries about access to vaccines, after they were asked to describe their concerns as England entered its third national coronavirus lockdown*.
They raised scores of different issues, ranging from worries about the accessibility of the vaccination programme to the need to expand the shielding scheme and the government’s failure to provide sufficient financial support through disability benefits.
The most frequently raised single concern was the failure of ministers to match the £20 per week uplift given to universal credit claimants early in the pandemic with a similar sum for those who remain on “legacy” benefits such as employment and support allowance.
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