Disabled people in Britain and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Shakespeare, T., Watson, N. , Brunner, R., Cullingworth, J., Hameed, S., Scherer, N., Pearson, C. and Reichenberger, V. (2021) Disabled people in Britain and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Policy and Administration, (doi: 10.1111/spol.12758) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

This paper reports on in-depth qualitative interviews conducted with 69 disabled people in England and Scotland, and with 28 key informants from infrastructure organisations in the voluntary and statutory sectors, about the impact of COVID-19, and measures taken to control it. Participants were recruited through voluntary organisations. As with everyone, the Pandemic has had a huge impact: we discuss the dislocations it has caused in everyday life; the failures of social care; the use of new technologies; and participants' view on leadership and communication. We conclude with suggestions for urgent short term and medium term responses, so that the United Kingdom and other countries can respond better to this and other pandemics, and build a more inclusive world.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was funded by a grant from UKRI.
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brunner, Dr Richard and Cullingworth, Dr Jane and Watson, Professor Nicholas and Pearson, Dr Charlotte
Authors: Shakespeare, T., Watson, N., Brunner, R., Cullingworth, J., Hameed, S., Scherer, N., Pearson, C., and Reichenberger, V.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Social Policy and Administration
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0144-5596
ISSN (Online):1467-9515
Published Online:11 August 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Social Policy and Administration 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence

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