Today, the Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel (GMDPP) launched their report GM Big Disability Survey: Covid-19 about disabled people’s experience of the Coronavirus pandemic.
As Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability, I congratulate all at GMDPP for this excellent report highlighting the many issues disabled people have faced during lock-down.
One of the key things that struck me was that 8 out of 10 of the 936 disabled people who responded said they hadn’t been included in the shielded group although 50% had significant support needs. This meant that they didn’t get the extra support for example with shopping that made things even worse.
More than ever, disabled people felt ignored and an after-thought. We must not let these issues go unchallenged. I will be urging all Greater Manchester MP colleagues to write to the Care Minister and Minister for Disabled People to ensure when there is a second wave of Covid, disabled people are not treated as though their well-being is acceptable collateral damage.
The full report can be read in full here.