WEC inquiry on impact of Coronavirus on people with protected characteristics - your FURTHER input sought

Date published: 
30 April 2020

Here is the DLA's initial submission (click here to view) to the WEC's inquiry into the impact of Coronavirus on people with protected characteristics - this submission was drafted on the basis of input supplied by DLA members.  It was submitted to the WEC on 30th April 2020 (the official deadline).

However, the WEC is keeping the inquiry open in the hope of gathering more evidence and as the DLA’s response is so far limited to maternity-related discrimination, age and some disabilities, we would like to invite further input from you, particularly as we recognise the need to widen the scope to address race and gender and other characteristics. 

We will aim to produce a further submission early June so we would ask you to send in your material by Sunday 31st May.

We are seeking members’ comments on the following:

Your experiences. We want to know: 

  1. How people have been affected by the illness or the response to it
  2. If there have been specific impacts on people due to them having a protected characteristic
  3. Whether there may be unforeseen consequences to measures brought in to ease the burden on frontline staff, for example relaxing the measures under the Mental Health Act and Care Act

Reviewing the measures

The Government has said current measures will be reviewed in three weeks’ time, and measures in the Coronavirus Bill be voted on again in 6 months’ time.

  1. What needs to change or improve, which could be acted on in three weeks’ time;
  2. What needs to change or improve, which could be acted on in 6 months’ time

If members do not wish to write to the DLA with their experiences, then they can contact the WEC directly using the following link:

https://committees.parliament.uk/call-for-evidence/94/unequal-impact-coronavirus-covid19-and-the-impact-on-people-with-protected-characteristics/