Disability Advice Project welcomes the commitment to set up a Ministerial Task Force to address the issues raised in the damming report: ‘Locked Out: Liberating disabled people’s lives and rights in Wales beyond COVID-19’.
The report was co-produced by a Steering Group of disabled people, representing Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) and charities. It highlights how inequalities led to disabled people being ‘locked out’ from society during the pandemic, with their rights further eroded. It makes several recommendations, which will hopefully be carried forward by the Task Force.
In particular, the Task Force will assess the Welsh Government’s Action on disability: the right to independent living framework and action plan. This needs to be revised and refreshed to address inequalities and ensure disabled people are adequately supported and protected in the future.
The Task Force will be co-chaired by disabled people to ensure that the voices and experiences of disabled people in Wales are heard.
Click for the report including an easy read and BSL version and the Welsh Government’s response.