Our submission looked at how Covid-19 has exacerbated a crisis in food access and poverty, disproportionately experienced by people who are black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME).
The Women and Equalities Select Committee sub-inquiry on coronavirus and BAME groups explored the pre-existing inequalities facing BAME people and how these inequalities have impacted on their vulnerability to the virus.
Committee Chair Caroline Nokes said:
“BAME people are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. This has been shown by several studies and most recently Public Health England. But we have heard nothing from the Government about what action it plans to take.
There is a real urgency here. Our inquiry will give a platform to the lived experience of BAME people during the pandemic, explore existing inequalities, and suggest ways for the Government to mitigate impacts of the pandemic on BAME people.”
The inquiry will:
Our submission focused on the fact that the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK are not uniform across ethnic groups, and aggregating all minorities together misses important differences.
A great deal of public and policy attention has been focused understandably on difference in medical outcomes. However, Covid-19 has also manifested as a crisis in food access and poverty, experienced disproportionately by people from BAME communities; and those who already experience disproportionate rates of diet-related conditions such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes, which themselves risk factors in Covid-19 outcomes.
Understanding why these is crucial for thinking about the role policy can play in meaningfully tackling these inequalities.
Crucially the following measures should be taken as a matter of urgency:
Our submission can be found in full here
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