Irene Sobowale, Chief Executive of the Disabilities Trust, commented on ONS statistics released today, which suggested that 60 percent of coronavirus deaths in England and Wales between March 2 and July 14, 2020 included disabled adults.

"The ONS data released today illustrates the critical need for people with disabilities to receive a distinct focus in all guidance and restrictions put in place due to coronavirus. We have been concerned that guidance to date has been predominately aimed at the elderly care. We have urged government to ensure that the needs of working-age disabled adults, including those in a home care setting are considered within the guidance for the care sector throughout the pandemic – and will continue to do so. It is important, however, to ensure a balanced view of the statistics.

“We welcome today’s announcement regarding additional funding for PPE to help support our sector and workforce. We hope this will lead to further sustainable funding and support. It highlights the need for us to recognise and appreciate our staff working hard to keep the disabled adults in our care safe and our infection rates low.

“The Disabilities Trust has kept pace with changing procedures and developments with Covid-19 and will continue to ensure that we work together to face Covid-19 head on, safeguard individuals, families and communities and avoid focusing on one area of the statistics by reviewing the bigger picture.”