60% of COVID deaths were disabled people

ONS data shows almost 60% of people who died from Covid-19 in 2020 were disabled, despite comprising just over 17% of the study population. The risk of death tripled for people with severe disabilities.

People with a learning disability, who made up 1.2% of the study population, comprised 5.8% of all Covid-19 deaths, again showing this group disproportionately affected.

You can read the full report on the Office for National Statistics website.

Women receiving less COVID support from Government

A Parliamentary Select Committee on Women and Equalities published its report on coronavirus and the gendered economic impact. The report has found that the economic impact of coronavirus has affected men and women differently. This is because of existing gendered economic inequalities, the over-representation of women in certain types of work and the actions the Government has taken.

The report authors called for a series of actions to be taken to reduce the negative impact on women of such measures as the Self Employment Income Support Scheme, to maintain the uplift in Universal Credit and roll it out across other benefits,

You can read the press statement, and the full Report on the Parliament.uk website, and its conclusions are here.

A closer look at the poorest families

New analysis by the charity Little Village, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 1.3 million of the 4.2 million children in poverty in the UK are babies and children under the age of 5, with 38% of these families seeing a reduction in income during the pandemic.

In addition, a quarter of all babies and toddlers currently experiencing poverty are deep in poverty (in other words living below 50% of the poverty line).

The South West experiences lower poverty rates than elsewhere in the UK, but in households with children under 5, the rate is still 28%.

The report also shows that some households with young children are at a much higher risk of poverty:

  • 56% of children in lone parent families,
  • 53% of children in Black and Minority Ethnic families,
  • 52% of children whose parents are aged under 25,
  • 46% of children in families with three or more children,
  • 41% of children who are disabled or have a disabled family member.

See the Little Village press release, executive summary, and full report.

You can find more reports and campaigning around poverty on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation website.