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UI submission of evidence to the UK Parliament COVID Committee


The Understanding Inequalities project has submitted evidence to the UK Parliament COVID Committee in response to their national inquiry into life beyond COVID, which asks for views on the long-term implications of the pandemic for our society – for example what it might mean for (in)equality.

Our evidence submission highlights twelve areas of inequality that are likely to be impacted substantially by the pandemic based on highly rigorous research evidence:

  1. Inequalities linked to family poverty are likely to widen during/post-COVID-19
  2. Reducing COVID-19 inequalities means ensuring long term employment quality
  3. Early school leavers are at highest risk of suffering from COVID-19 inequalities
  4. Students and graduates from poorer social backgrounds will require additional help
  5. Children and young people from poorer families have experienced the greatest learning loss during the pandemic
  6. COVID-19 has impacted on the psychological wellbeing of children and young people
  7. Support is needed to reduce employment inequality for single mothers and improve child outcomes
  8. Children who have adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) may be particularly impacted by COVID-19 inequality
  9. Inequality in exposure to crime may increase for some people and places
  10. The pandemic created justice inequalities for those from poor communities
  11. COVID-19 and lockdown impacted on inequality in access to employment and decentralisation of poverty
  12. COVID-19 will have an unequal impact on employment and housing risks


Read the full submission below.

If you have any questions about this work, please contact the Understanding Inequalities team at understanding.inequalities@ed.ac.uk