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Sussex to submit evidence to inquiry into the impact of Coronavirus on people with protected characteristics

The University of Sussex is aiming to submit evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry into the effect of Coronavirus on people with protected characteristics.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission and other organisations have expressed concerns that there may be a particular impact on some people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act: age, disability, sex, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

If you would like to have your views represented in the University’s submission to the Women and Equalities Committee of the UK Parliament, please send anything you would like included to edi.unit@sussex.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 24 April.

You can also submit to the inquiry as an individual until Thursday 30 April.

Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Caroline Nokes MP, said: “In these extraordinary times, it is as important as ever that the Government considers how its actions to tackle the coronavirus impact differently on different communities.

“Passing emergency legislation at great speed has been essential. Now we need to understand the present and future effect on those who may already be marginalised.

“We are listening, and we need your evidence to help us to help the Government consider equalities issues, to ensure that its policies and plans are as effective as possible.”

As the government makes extensive plans to support and protect the population, the Committee would like to find out more about the impact that government measures including emergency legislation are having on people with these protected characteristics.

  • Have all the relevant equality issues been considered?
  • Are there any unforeseen consequences?
  • If there are problems, what could be done differently/ better?

The Committee is conscious that there may be many more equality impacts and is keen to hear from individuals and from organisations such as the University of Sussex on these questions:

  • How have people been affected by the illness or the response to it?
  • Have there been specific impacts on people due to them having a protected characteristic?
  • Are there any unforeseen consequences to measures brought in to ease the burden on frontline staff?

See more information on the inquiry.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 17 April 2020

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