March 23, 2020
Yesterday, Disability Rights UK shared its serious concerns about the implications of the Coronavirus Bill on human rights, particularly for disabled people and those with long-term conditions like M.E. They said:
"Our key concern is that the Bill suspends the Care Act. The Bill will effectively free local authorities of their duties to provide social care support under the Care Act 2014 and will only oblige local authorities to provide support in cases where the human rights of disabled people will be breached."
The Bill is being debated in parliament today, from 2.30pm.
Action for M.E. shares these concerns, and we contacting all the MPs we are in touch with, as we speak. We are asking that, rather than removing disabled people's right to social care support, the Government must treat our essential social care service as key infrastructure, like the NHS. As such, it must immediately provide the necessary funding to keep this vital service running.
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Sonya Chowdhury, our Chief Executive says:
"We know that this is a worrying time for everyone, and especially those living with and supporting loved ones with M.E. and other long-term conditions. The social care system has been in crisis for some time, and rolling back rights now is not the answer, when people need essential support more than ever."
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