Working From Home Helps Disabled People Contribute More Says Sophie, 24

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For Sophie Washington, who’s been shielding in rural Wales since March, you might have thought the coronavirus pandemic has been overwhelmingly frustrating.

But Sophie, 24, a wheelchair-user, says lockdown has actually allowed her to “contribute more” to her role at a London-based charity.

A Unison survey of more than 4,000 disabled people across the UK found many felt working from home during the coronavirus pandemic improved their wellbeing and more than half felt they’d benefit from doing so in the future.

The union has now called for disabled people to be given the right to work from home after the Covid-19 crisis, with penalties for employers who refuse.

The Department for Work and Pensions said disabled workers could benefit from financial support to work from home due to an extension to its Access to Work scheme.

Sophie, from Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, has several chronic conditions which forced her to isolate along…

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