The Women and Equalities Committee wants to hear about the different and disproportionate impact that the Coronavirus – and measures to tackle it – is having on people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act.
- Inquiry: Coronavirus (Covid 19) (opens in a new tab)
- Women and Equalities Committee (opens in a new tab)
The Equality and Human Rights Commission and other organisations have expressed concerns that there may be a particular impact on some people who have protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010: age, disability, sex, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.
As the Government makes extensive plans to support and protect the population, the Committee would like to find out more about the impact that Government measures including emergency legislation are having on people with these protected characteristics.
- Have all the relevant equality issues been considered?
- Are there any unforeseen consequences?
- If there are problems, what could be done differently/ better?
Whilst the closing date for submissions to this inquiry was 30th April, the Committee is still interested in evidence submitted after that time as it will still be useful because the Committee will continue to review the situation and scrutinise the Government.
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