Published on
01 May 2020

The ONS released data on Friday 1 May 2020 which showed a higher death rate from Covid-19 in more deprived areas in England and Wales. 

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

The news that more deprived areas of the country have a higher mortality rate from coronavirus is worrying, but unfortunately not surprising. 

This crisis is highlighting deep-rooted inequalities that have been papered over for decades. Vulnerable children and families - and those already experiencing disadvantage - risk becoming the forgotten victims. Without intervention this crisis will be devastating for a whole generation - their mental health, safety, education and job prospects are on the line. 

The Government must ensure that the emergency funding and resources already announced reaches those in need without delay. And in the months ahead funding decisions should reflect the scale of the challenge now facing vulnerable children and families.”