Thursday 11 February 2021 / 3:51 PM Coronavirus / Disabilities / Marsha de Cordova

Marsha de Cordova responds to reports that disabled people accounted for six in 10 Covid-19 deaths last year

Marsha de Cordova MP, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, responding to reports that disabled people accounted for six in 10 Covid-19 deaths last year, said:

“It is extremely distressing that disabled people accounted for six in every 10 of all Covid-19 deaths last year.

“This Government has failed to protect disabled people throughout the pandemic. Many have seen their access to care and support slashed, nearly two million sick and disabled people have not received the same additional support as those in receipt of Universal Credit and the Government continues to not produce accessible communications.

“The Government must now introduce a plan that protects disabled people from coronavirus and ensures they are not left out any more from the Government’s responses to the pandemic and immediately extend that £20 uplift to Employment and Support Allowance.”