Government response to BAME Coronavirus impact report published

Government response to BAME Coronavirus impact report published

The Women and Equalities Committee has published the government’s response to its report on the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people. The government has agreed to action several of the recommendations that were made so as to reduce the health and social inequalities that the pandemic has amplified.

The Women and Equalities Committee report, found here, was published in December 2020 and found that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the pre-existing inequalities that BAME people are affected by, including health, employment, welfare and housing issues. It also found that comorbidities increase the risk of BAME people suffering the effects of coronavirus more acutely.

The report made a series of recommendations for how the government can allay the disproportionate effects that the pandemic has had on BAME individuals and how to address the problems specific to the BAME community, not just in terms of health but in terms of social measures as well. For instance, as there is a disproportionate number of BAME people working on zero-hours contracts, it recommended a review of the zero-hours contract policy so as to reduce this inequality.

The government response considers each of the recommendations made by the Committee. Some of the recommendations have already been actioned, while others will be adopted or subsumed as part of existing government programmes.

Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Caroline Nokes MP, has said that the Committee will ‘continue to press the government’ on the recommendations made by the report.

Source: Government Response to Unequal impact? Coronavirus and BAME people

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