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The unequal impacts of Covid 19

Published: 04 May 2020 Tags: LGBT, BAME, ageing, Ambition for Ageing, Equalities Board, coronavirus, covid-19, inequality, disabled By Admin Silverchip

The only good thing to come out of the coronavirus crisis so far is that it has highlighted the growing inequality in the UK. The first six health workers to die, and the London bus drivers who have died were all Black or Asian. Disabled people’s rights were reduced in the Coronavirus Act. People who are homeless, overcrowded, or not safe at home were instantly placed in greater danger by the lockdown. It is clear that the coronavirus crisis is as much social as medical and has laid bare historic inequalities.

In its first monthly digest, the Ambition for Ageing Equalities Board has produced an overview looking at four key aspects of the Covid-19 crisis, and some of the evidence that they are having a disproportionate impact on older people in some marginalised and minority communities. These are the unequal risk of illness, the unequal impact of social distancing measures and lockdown, the unfair effects of government policy, and the increase in discrimination. It will be important to understand these unequal effects even as the government begins to end the lockdown, step by step to ensure that everyone has an equal chance in the 'new normal' that's coming.

In this short paper we also highlight some of the creative ways that marginalised communities have responded: to defend their rights, take care of themselves and the wider community, and raise awareness of the dangers of discrimination. Measures to deal with inequality also need to recognise the resilience of marginalised communities.

We published a simpler summary in our latest e-newsletter.

You can also download a PDF version of the paper, and a PDF of a simpler summary of the paper.

(Photo: Barakah Food Aid)

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