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Committee publishes Government Response to interim report on temporary provisions in the Coronavirus Act

25 January 2021

The Women and Equalities Committee has published the Government’s response to its interim report (September 2020) on temporary provisions in the Coronavirus Act and the use of these for disabled people. The response considers the Committee’s recommendations relating to Care Act easements, changes to the Mental Health Act and modifications to education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment and plan processes.

The Government welcomes the Committee’s interim recommendations as well as the wider inquiry into the impact of Covid 19 for disabled people (report published December 2020), and states in its response that it has taken several actions to achieve an appropriate balance between responding to the pandemic and ensuring that disabled people have access to the services they need. These relate to Care Act Easements, removing Mental Health Act provisions from the Coronavirus Act and deciding not to renew the modification notice regarding EHC assessments.

Further details are in the response.

Further information

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