We are sharing the statement from Inclusion London:
“On the 25th of March 2021, the House of Commons debated the one year review of the Coronavirus Act. This was an opportunity for the Government to restore Disabled people’s rights taken away by the Coronavirus Act.
On 19 March, along with other leading Disabled People’s organisations, we formally asked that the UK Government suspend the easement powers for local authorities contained within the Coronavirus Act 2020.
You can read about our concerns here and you can read our letter to Matt Hancock here.
The Government has announced a total of 12 provisions will be removed completely from the Coronavirus Act, including the following:
- Section 15 (applies to England and Wales and will be expired for England): Care Act easements (Department of Health and Social Care)
On 25 March this was voted on and passed.
This is a significant victory for Deaf and Disabled People Organisations who have campaigned tirelessly to get the Care Act easements removed.
A huge thank you to all the Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations and everyone who supported the campaign.
Social care support for many was reduced during the pandemic. We hope this is the first of many steps to ensure ALL Disabled people who need social care support get it.”
— Inclusion London
Also see their report: Locked Down and Abandoned: Disabled People’s Experiences of Covid-19
There’s only one thing to say to this: woo-hoo! But stay vigilant.