On the 30 March the Committee announced that it wants to hear about the different and disproportionate impact that the Coronavirus – and measures to tackle it - is having on people with protected characteristics under the Equality Act. These are age, disability, sex, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and gender reassignment. The Committee is asking for written evidence by the 3 May 2020, but has also said that later submissions will be accepted. Find out more about the Inquiry here, including the issues the Committee is already concerned about such as domestic abuse, older people, disabled adults and children, and other issues.

Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Caroline Nokes, said:

“In these extraordinary times, it is as important as ever that the Government considers how its actions to tackle the coronavirus impact differently on different communities. Passing emergency legislation at great speed has been essential. Now we need to understand the present and future effect on those who may already be marginalised. We are listening, and we need your evidence to help us to help the Government consider equalities issues, to ensure that its policies and plans are as effective as possible.”