Wednesday 5 August 2020 / 12:46 PM Vicky Foxcroft

Vicky Foxcroft ONS analysis of the shielding population comment

Vicky Foxcroft MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabled People, commenting on today’s ONS analysis of the shielding population which showed nearly a third of shielding people feel uncomfortable returning to work and one in 20 are planning not to return to work, said:

“Sadly these statistics confirm what Labour has been warning for some time, issuing back to work notices for the clinical vulnerable with no support has left many facing an impossible choice between their health and their livelihood.

The Government must publish the scientific advice it has received confirming it is safe for disabled and clinically vulnerable people to stop shielding. They must urgently confirm how those who cannot return to their workplace will be supported, how many people this affects and what steps they are taking to communicate this to the shielding community.”