The Business Disability Forum is standing with fellow organisations and campaigners calling for urgent action to prioritise the needs of the UK’s 14 million disabled people.
It is asking the Government to provide strategic guidance and planning as the shielding period comes to an end.
In an open letter titled “We Won’t Be Forgotten”, among the urgent actions called for are to “factor disabled people’s needs into every plan and change in regulations around the easing of lockdown from the start.”
It also asked the Government to “prioritise the vital National Disability Strategy. Ensure it provides a clear plan to mitigate existing inequalities the pandemic has further magnified”.
Diane Lightfoot, chief executive of Business Disability Forum, said: “As this letter so clearly sets out, economic recovery is key to the stability of our society, and disabled people must be included at the heart of any plan to achieve this.”
Adding: “Our work focuses on supporting businesses to remove barriers that prevent disabled people from thriving and contributing in this way and we must all act now to ensure that we do not go backwards but enable people to fulfil their full potential.”