Vicky Foxcroft MP, Shadow Minister for Disabled People, responding to ONS statistics on Covid-19 deaths by disability status, said:
“At the start of this pandemic, we knew that many disabled people were more vulnerable to Covid-19 yet the Government failed to consult with and consider the needs and concerns of people with disabilities.
“The Government needs to urgently examine these deeply concerning figures and outline the next steps to ensure disabled people are protected, particularly as lockdown measures are eased.”
Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Social Care, commenting on the ADASS 2020 Budget Survey, said:
“Coronavirus has brutally exposed fundamental problems with our social care system, and the urgent need for long-term reform. Local councils do not have the resources they need to give care workers the salary they deserve, and many are desperately worried they won’t be able to meet the needs of older and disabled people over the next year.
“Piecemeal funding announcements have not given councils the money they need to cope with the costs of the pandemic, let alone the long-term financial security they need. The Government must give care services the resources and support they need to deal with the immediate pressures of the pandemic, alongside the longer-term funding settlement for social care that is crucial to the country’s recovery.”
Marsha de Cordova MP, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, responding to ONS report on the social impact of Covid-19 on disabled people, said:
“This report once again shows the devastating impact that Covid-19 is having on disabled people’s lives.
“It is deeply concerning that disabled people are significantly more likely to have concerns about access to food and medication as well as their non-Covid related health care needs.
“As lockdown eases, the Government must urgently act to ensure that its coronavirus recovery policies are inclusive for disabled people, so that no one is left behind.”
Liz Kendall MP, Shadow Minister for Social Care, commenting on LGA research that found providers of adult social care services may face more than £6.6 billion in extra costs due to the Coronavirus crisis by the end of September, said:
“At the start of this pandemic the chancellor rightly promised the NHS would get whatever resources it takes to deal with Coronavirus. The same must now be true for social care.
“Care homes and home care services provide support for people who are most at risk of catching the virus, with all the tragic consequences this can bring. Councils must be given all the resources they need to ensure care providers properly protect elderly and disabled people with the right staffing levels, PPE and infection control measures.
“Social care will be dealing with the consequences of this virus for many months yet to come. It is vital that a long term package of support is put in place now, so all care services can properly plan for the extra pressures they will face in future.”
Vicky Foxcroft MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabled People, commenting on the Government partial u-turn on proxy voting, said:
“This is a welcome, albeit partial, U-turn from the Government. Their chaotic and discriminatory plans would have left many MPs unable to vote.
“However, the hybrid parliament featured online voting, which worked perfectly well and didn’t result in MPs wasting 45-minutes queuing when they could be helping constituents. This worked for everyone, including those who are clinically vulnerable, over-70s and those who may live with someone shielding. Returning to this model would send a strong message of inclusion, something many disabled people think is lacking from this Government.”