The UK Covid-19 Inquiry was set up to "examine the UK's preparedness and response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and to learn lessons for the future."

In March 2022, the Inquiry released its draft Terms of Reference. Terms of Reference set out the aims of an inquiry and how it plans to go about meeting these. The Inquiry will not look into any matters that aren't included in its Term of Reference. 

The Inquiry held a four-week public consultation on its Terms of Reference, asking what people think should be included and how the Inquiry should go about finding information.

The consultation closed on 07 April 2022. We submitted our response online, telling the inquiry that:

We strongly recommend that the Inquiry takes a human rights-based approach to its work; and in particular that the Human Rights Act – both in terms of the rights it protects and the legal duties it places on government and public bodies, including the Inquiry – is explicitly within the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference and underpins its operation.

Rt Hon Baroness Heather Carol Hallet DBE, the Chair of the Inquiry, is expected to send her recommendations to the Prime Minister in May 2022. These recommendations will be published along with a summary of the consultation responses.

Click here to read our full response.