Tell Matt Hancock to scrap the Coronavirus Act easements

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

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The Coronavirus Act has diminished our rights and allows local authorities to strip away social care. We must stand together and push the government to give them back.

We believe Disabled people already have too few rights and protections, and taking them away at a time when we need support the most is unacceptable. Disabled people have born the brunt of the pandemic, statistics show, almost 60% of people who have died because of Covid-19 were disabled.

We cannot and should not tolerate this. Please sign our petition today!

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To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
From: [Your Name]

The Coronavirus Act contains provisions allowing local authorities to reduce vital social care duties, and weakens support and education for disabled children and young people. I urge you, therefore, to scrap the social care easements and the easements related to the Children and Family Act.

The evidence is clear as to the lethal and disproportionate impact this pandemic has had on disabled people. ONS figures show that disabled people have made up almost 60% of all Coronavirus deaths.

Research by Mencap revealed care packages had been halved for most people with learning difficulties. And CQC figures show deaths of people with learning difficulties receiving care rose by 134%. Likewise, the number of deaths for people detained under the Mental Health Act has more than doubled mainly because of Covid 19 related deaths.
Many Disabled people were left without essential social care support, struggled to access food and healthcare. Inclusion London's report Abandoned, Forgotten and Ignored paints a stark picture of disabled people's experiences during the pandemic.

The Disabled Children's Partnership found that 76% of families say ALL support has stopped since lockdown. According to the Alliance for Inclusive Education survey, 83% of parents were expected to home school their disabled children. The majority of disabled pupils and students have been left without any education because of inaccessibility of remote education.

As autumn and winter approach, the rights of disabled people must be protected, not diminished. At a time when Disabled people need care, support, safeguards and education the most, the powers for central and local government to reduce their legal responsibilities are wholly unacceptable. Disabled people's lives must be valued equally.