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UK: COVID-19 Law Puts Rights of People with Disabilities at Risk​ 

UK’s Coronavirus Act, which becomes law today, has serious implications for the rights of people with disabilities and older people, and its implementation needs to be carefully monitored to protect people’s rights to health care, education, and freedom, Human Rights Watch, the UK National Survivor User Network (NSUN), and international human rights expert Gerard Quinn, said today. 
The legislation gives the UK authorities emergency powers to address the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic and needs to be renewed by parliament every six months.
Human Rights Watch

How mental health crisis care is impacted by Coronavirus
The UK’s new Coronavirus Bill will relax safeguards in mental health legislation and suspend the obligation of duties currently required of care service providers by the Care Act for up to two years.
The new legislation intends to ensure that health services can continue to operate in the event of anticipated increased demand.
However mental health service user organisation NSUN (the National Survivor User Network) are among those concerned that the Coronavirus Bill is likely to have a serious negative impact on the lives and rights of people who live with mental ill health, distress, or trauma.
Crucial services to disabled people cut due to coronavirus pandemic
Disabled people have been left feeling abandoned after being told that essential care packages would be suspended with immediate affect due to staff pressures resulting from the coronavirus epidemic.
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Cronavirus Bill: Disabled people in Islington fear they’ll be ‘thrown under the bus’ if Care Act suspended
Campaigners fear disabled people in Islington will be “thrown under the bus” if the Care Act 2014 is suspended as planned.
The government says such changes will enable local authorities to “prioritise people with the greatest care needs and make the best use of the adult social care workforce”.
But charity Disability Rights UK says suspending the bill this could leave “thousands without essential support or any right to request support”.
As coronavirus hits, Britain's 'vulnerable' are terrified to see our rights removed
Before Covid-19, both the NHS and social care were already in crisis. Overstretched and underfunded, hospitals were overwhelmed by winter flu and a backlog of people needing community care were waiting for pitifully limited provisions. Now the country faces a new crisis, these cracks have widened even further and people like me are already beginning to fall through them.
Coronavirus: Government urged to introduce emergency measures to protect women trapped with abusers amid concerns violence could soar
 
The government has been urged to introduce emergency measures to protect women trapped at home with abusive partners in the wake of concerns domestic abuse could soar under social isolation measures brought in to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. 
Frontline service providers warned women who have escaped their abusive partners are fearful about having to continue handing over their children to ex-partners for meetings ordered by the family courts as the coronavirus crisis deteriorates.
Coronavirus: Social care workers at risk ‘due to failure to give them basic protective gear’
A lack of protective gear is putting social care workers at risk of infection and possible death during the coronavirus crisis, frontline service providers have warned.
Social care staff, who care for some of the most vulnerable and frail people in the country, have raised concerns they are not being given basic protective equipment which allows them to safely interact with others.