The so called minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson has refused to apologise for as many as 24 breaches of disabled people’s rights – and probably even more – by the government in the 12 months since the first COVID-19 lockdown.
Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) and activists this week described to Disability News Service (DNS) their shocked reaction at the number of breaches, and said that each example represented a profound injustice done to disabled people by the UK government. It also provides fresh fuel for calls for an independent inquiry into the disproportionate number of deaths of disabled people during the pandemic.
As previously blogged, Tomlinson failed to carry out meaningful engagement with DPOs during the early months of the pandemic, while his Disability Unit failed to provide updates on its website for months at the height of the pandemic, while thousands of disabled people were dying from…
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