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Carers and disabled people most at risk of redundancy

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Disabled workers and those with caring responsibilities are disproportionately at risk of redundancy, charity Citizens Advice has reported, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the economy.

In a survey of 6,015 workers across the country, Citizens Advice has found that around one in six Britons are facing redundancy.

It wrote in its report, titled ‘An unequal crisis: why workers need better enforcement of their rights’: “17% of the general population, excluding the retired and students, are facing redundancy. Within this group, 1% have already been made redundant, 5% are in a formal redundancy process … and 11% have had informal discussions with their employer about redundancy.”

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However, it found that the potential impending unemployment crisis is not affecting everyone equally.

Citizens Advice said that, of those who identify as having a disability or long-term health condition, more than one in four (27%) are facing redundancy.

Meanwhile, this number is even worse for those whose condition substantially affects their day-to-day activities, with 37% claiming they may be made redundant.

This means that over half (51%) of those facing redundancy are disabled or suffering with a long-term health condition, according to the survey.

Turning to carers, Citizens Advice added: “People with caring responsibilities, for children or vulnerable adults, are also facing redundancy at far higher levels than the general population – two in five (39%) are facing redundancy.”

Also affected were mothers, with 76% of those facing redundancy also having children under 18.

The charity pulled no punches in its condemnation of this trend, concluding that workplace discrimination of this kind is illegal.

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