Letter to the newly appointed chair of the Covid-19 inquiry
As part of Sense’s Covid Inquiry campaign, calling for disabled people to be at the heart of next year’s public Covid inquiry, Sense have written a letter, jointly signed by 35 other disability organisations, including BACD, to Baroness Hallett. The letter congratulates the Baroness on her appointment and invites her to meet with Sense. Disabled people are one of the hardest hit groups of the pandemic and it’s vital that their experiences are heard. In their letter, Sense are calling for four key things to ensure this happens:
- The terms of reference to state that the experiences of disabled people will be included within the scope of the inquiry, and for disabled people to be invited to give evidence
- A panel to lead the inquiry that is representative of disabled people
- The inquiry to be run in an accessible way so that disabled people can participate and engage with it.
- In line with Rule 5 of the Inquiry Rules 2006 to actively consider applications from disability organisations or entities who have a significant interest in this matter to be designated as a core participant in the Inquiry.
Sense’s petition with these key calls, has already been signed by over 30,000 people. To support the petition visit www.sense.org.uk/covidinquiry