NUJ equality committees flag up impact of Covid-19 on disabled workers
16 April 2020
"Disabled people, especially of working-age, have largely been ignored in the narrative of the 'vulnerable and elderly'. Disabled people are experiencing problems with their Access to Work support, the complexities of employing personal assistants via direct payments and cuts to social care packages.These obstruct disabled people from living independently and remaining in work. This is compounded by issues with accessing essential supplies and where forced to apply for Universal Credit, losing the severe disability premium attached to legacy benefits.
“It is women, especially those who are disabled or Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) and those on low incomes who are disproportionately hit by the effects of the pandemic. Women predominately take on caring responsibilities, are more likely to be in low paid work, working multiple jobs, and being essential workers without adequate PPE. We are deeply concerned about the increased risk of women experiencing sexism and harassment at work and domestic abuse at home.
“I encouraged our members to seek to cover these stories and scrutinise the response of the governments and authorities."
The Women and Equalities Committee is accepting evidence until Thursday 30 April. Find out more and how to submit evidence.