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Charities express concerns over freedom day

man holding up both his hands under the words freedom day followed by a question mark
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Leading UK charities have raised concerns about freedom day, today July 18, believing lifting almost all Covid-19 restrictions could have a severe impact on vulnerable people.

A recent study compiled by Scope found 64 per cent of people with a disability think it is too early to return to normality.

The charity’s executive director, James Taylor, told Mirror Online: “In the rush to unlock, a huge proportion of the disabled community are yet again being forgotten. Freedom Day will mean the exact opposite for many disabled people, who have legitimate fears about their risk from Covid-19 as rates surge.”

Scope is campaigning for all supermarkets to continue offering priority times for vulnerable shoppers and disabled staff who cannot return to the workplace to stay furloughed.

TV presenter and disability campaigner Samantha Renke has a genetic bone disorder. She said:  “As a woman with a physical disability, I am always making compromises and ensuring my health and safety comes first. I only wish I was part of the conversation and valued by the Government.”

A spokesperson for Diabetes UK said easing restrictions today “simply places the responsibility on individuals”.

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust said it was “a day of concern for many”.

The first UK lockdown was on 16 March 2020.