Earlier this year, the Greater Manchester Disabled People's Panel conducted a survey to find out what issues disabled people face during the COVID 19 Coronavirus pandemic and use this information to inform GM services to meet those support needs.
The results of this survey have now been released in the form of a report, together with a Summary Overview of the report, and the Full Slide Presentation that was given at a briefing event held on the 8th July 2020. These resources are attached below.
Some of the key findings of the survey included:
20% of participants of the full survey received a letter from the Government to indicate that they were in the ‘high risk’ group for the Covid-19 outbreak. Of the 80% that did not receive this letter, 57% reported having support needs of which only 19% are getting all of their needs met.
90% of respondents said that the pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health.
31% of respondents to the full survey were not at all aware of the community hubs. Accessibility to the hubs varied slightly by impairment with those who identified their impairment as ‘hearing’ having the highest proportion of respondents that found the hub not accessible at all.
A third of disabled people believe that their local authority is not doing anything significant whilst 76% of disabled people are dissatisfied with the help provided by the government. A third of disabled people believe that the government is neglecting disabled people.
In addition, the Year One report of the GM Disabled People’s Panel is available here.