Disability: Coronavirus

(asked on 16th September 2021) - View Source

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to measure the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on people with disabilities.


Answered by
Chloe Smith Portrait
Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
This question was answered on 24th September 2021

We are committed to ensuring all disabled people can play a full role in society. That is why we published the National Disability Strategy on 28 July which takes into account the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on disabled people and focuses on the issues that disabled people say affect them the most in all aspects of life.

The impact of COVID-19 on disabled people, and those with health conditions, continues to be monitored across Government using a range of sources including regular engagement with disabled people and disability stakeholders to ensure the needs of disabled people are considered in the Government’s response to, and recovery from COVID-19

The Disability Unit is also working with the Office for National Statistics to improve our understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people.

We are learning as much as we can, as quickly as we can about this virus, who it affects and how best to keep everyone safe from it and protect those who may be more vulnerable than others.

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1: all Department for Work and Pensions staff and contractors for their tireless work through this emergency - Speech Link
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3: working hard across Government to help people in these challenging times to get back into work as soon as possible - Speech Link

3. Oral Answers to Questions
30/11/2020 - Commons Chamber

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4. Oral Answers to Questions
17/05/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: independence payment claimants. Building on our covid response PIP 2 online service, whereby claimants - Speech Link
2: with average clearance times slightly up from 16 to 19 weeks. As face-to-face assessments start to return - Speech Link
3: to work closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to support people to sustain - Speech Link

5. Oral Answers to Questions
01/03/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: learning is vital, which is why the Government have invested £1.7 billion in helping education settings - Speech Link
2: ensure that those children are prioritised, as we work to ensure that all children can catch up with their - Speech Link
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