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Locked out: liberating disabled people's lives and rights in Wales beyond COVID-19

Foster, Debbie ORCID:, Davies, Rhian, Gordon, Andrea, Ellery, Lee, Hampton, Gaye, Shaffer, Debbie, Hirst, Natasha, Reeves, Joshua, Powell, Joe and Luxton, Jon 2021. Locked out: liberating disabled people's lives and rights in Wales beyond COVID-19. Cardiff: Welsh Government. Available at:

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This report originated from discussions at the Welsh Government’s Disability Equality Forum, Chaired by Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt, MS. In the summer of 2020, having heard of the different ways that disabled people were being negatively affected by the pandemic, the Forum resolved to set up an evidence-based enquiry into disabled people’s experiences, in part to counter the significant under-reporting by central Government and the mainstream media. The decision to establish such an enquiry is significant. To our knowledge, it is the first of its kind to be published by a Government in the UK. This report is also unique in that it has been controlled and co-produced by a Steering Group of disabled people representing Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) and disability charities, supported by Welsh Government in terms of administrative support, supplementary research expertise and data analysis. The nominal ‘Chair’ (or co-ordinator) of the enquiry, was chosen by disabled members of the Disability Equality Forum and self-identifies as a disabled person. Dr Debbie Foster is Professor of Employment Relations and Diversity at Cardiff University’s Business School. She interpreted her role as one of co-ordinator of documentary evidence collated by Welsh Government and evidence voiced by members of the Steering Group, all of whom had lived experience of disability. Over 300 items of written evidence were considered, sifted, summarised then discussed, prioritised and supplemented, by the Steering Group, in what was an iterative process.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Date Type: Publication
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Additional Information: This report was authored by D.Foster on behalf of the Disability Equality Forum of Welsh Government. The authorship only appears on the easy read version of the document on the WG web site.
Publisher: Welsh Government
Funders: None
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 August 2021
Date of Acceptance: 2 July 2021
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 11:30

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