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Call for Evidence

Unequal impact? Coronavirus and BAME people

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Drawing on written evidence already submitted to the inquiry on the Unequal Impact: coronavirus and the impact on people with protected characteristics, the sub-inquiry will focus specifically on the impact on BAME people during the pandemic. If you have already submitted evidence to the Unequal Impact inquiry, then you will not need to re-submit. However, you can submit new evidence to the Committee that is relevant to the terms of reference for this sub-inquiry.

Terms of reference:

The Committee would like to hear your views, and what actions you think the Government and others can take to mitigate impacts, so the Committee can make clear and effective recommendations for change. 

Written submissions should address one or more of the following terms of reference. If possible, you should explain the challenges experienced and recommend ways to mitigate them.

  • Factors that made BAME communities vulnerable to the effects of the virus, for example living in overcrowded housing, health inequality, deprivation;
  • The impact of the pandemic on BAME communities, for example higher death rates, exposure to the virus;
  • The impact of the Government measures to contain the virus on BAME people, for example difficulty in self-isolating, being keyworkers, loss of income; and
  • Other factors that have amplified the impacts of the pandemic on BAME people may also arise and be explored such as  a reported rise of hate crimes, no recourse to public funds, unconscious bias in educational settings, inaccessible Government guidance due to English not always being the first language.

The deadline for written evidence submissions is 10 July.

Your Submission disclaimer

If your submission is accepted by the Committee, it will usually be published online. It will then be available permanently for anyone to view. It cannot be changed or removed.

If you have included your name or any personal information in your submission, that will be published too. Please consider how much personal information you want or need to share. Your contact details will never be published.

Decisions about publishing evidence anonymously, or about accepting but not publishing evidence, are made by the Committee. If you want to ask the Committee to keep your evidence anonymous (we will publish your evidence but not your name or personal details) or confidential (the Committee will read your evidence but it will not be published) then please tick the box on the form. This lets the Committee know what you would like but the final decision will be taken by the Committee.

We cannot publish submissions that mention ongoing legal cases – contact us if you are not sure what this means for you. The Committee will not accept evidence that has not been originally prepared for the Committee or evidence that is not relevant to the terms of reference.

Please feel welcome to discuss any questions with the Committee staff on; 020 7219 6123. Text relay: 18001 020 7219 6123



We understand that the issues raised in this inquiry may be potentially distressing or sensitive.

If you would like additional support about these issues, you may wish to contact a specialist support service such as: 

BAME Mental Health Foundation

Mind for better mental health- 0300 123 3393

Samaritans- 116 123

Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444

Equality Advisory & Support Service 0808 800 0082


Committees of the House of Commons are not able to take up individual cases but if you would like political support or advice you may wish to contact your local Member of Parliament.

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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