The Government Has Failed ‘Spectacularly’ To Support Disabled People Returning To Work

Disability

 

By Vicky Foxcroft MP in The House.

 

Two thirds of all Covid-19 deaths so far have been disabled people. The Government needs to ensure those who were shielding are not forced to go back to an unsafe workplace.

Since the national shielding programme ended on the 1st of August, lots of people have asked if I am happy to be out of shielding. It’s a mixed bag.

Sadly, I am not the only person in my situation with concerns.

A recent Office of National Statistics (ONS) survey found that 73.6% of disabled adults reported they were “very worried” or “somewhat worried” about the effect that the coronavirus was having on their life.

The Government has failed spectacularly at communicating with disabled and shielding people. We have been classed as extremely medically vulnerable, so much so that we haven’t left our homes for over four months; yet we have been made to feel like an afterthought.

 

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