Call for evidence – Unequal impact of coronavirus on Disabled people

The Women and Equalities Committee wants to hear about the problems Disabled people faced accessing essential services during the coronavirus pandemic

Call for evidence

Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services

The Women and Equalities Committee are holding an inquiry into the unequal impact Coronavirus has had on Disabled people. The inquiry is asking for written submissions from individuals or organisations. They are asking for details of the problems people have faced in the following areas. They would also like to hear suggestions for ways the problems could be overcome.

The main questions are:

  • The effectiveness and accessibility of Government communications and consultation with disabled people during the pandemic;
  • Disabled people’s access to food and the effectiveness of the Government’s response to reported problems;
  • Disabled people’s access to healthcare services, including treatment for COVID 19 and access to other healthcare services;
  • The mental health of disabled people, including the effects of isolation, access to mental health services and the implications for disabled people of temporary changes to the Mental Health Act;
  • Social care for disabled people in their homes and in residential care settings, including the effects of easements to duties in the Care Act and the approach to monitoring and review of these changes; and
  • Disabled people’s access to education during the pandemic.

The Committee want to hear about your experiences and your views on these issues, and what you want the Government and others to do to make things better, so that they can make recommendations for change. You can submit written evidence until Monday 13 July.

Please note this inquiry is part of the  Unequal impact: Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact on people with protected characteristics inquiry. If you’ve already submitted evidence to the main Unequal impact inquiry about these issues, you don’t need to submit it again.

Your Submission 

To make your submission please go to: https://committees.parliament.uk/call-for-evidence/168/unequal-impact-coronavirus-disability-and-access-to-services/   and go to ‘Start’ at the bottom of the page. You will then be able to upload your evidence as a word document.

If your submission is accepted by the Committee, it will usually be published online. It will then be available permanently for anyone to view. It can’t be changed or removed.

If you have included your name or any personal information in your submission, that will be published too. Please consider how much personal information you want or need to share. Your contact details will never be published.

If you want to ask the Committee to keep your evidence anonymous (they’ll publish your evidence but not your name or personal details) or confidential (the Committee will read your evidence, but it won’t be published) then please tick the box on the form. This lets the Committee know what you would like but the final decision will be taken by the Committee.

The Committee can’t publish submissions that mention ongoing legal cases – contact them if you are not sure what this means for you.

Please feel welcome to discuss any questions with the Committee staff on womeqcom@parliament.uk; 020 7219 6123; text relay: 18001 020 7219 7219