Left Out of Life: Inclusion in local communities

Our new report reveals how we can make our communities more welcoming as we emerge from Covid-19.

The pandemic has shown how loneliness can affect all of us. As many aspects of society return to normal, thousands of disabled people still face loneliness and isolation every day.

Our new report shares experiences from disabled people about loneliness, and recommendations for how communities, local and national government can work together to tackle loneliness.

A front cover for the Left Out of Life: Inclusion in local communities report. On it, a man is sitting down outdoors with his arm stretched out. He's holding a lime green cup.

Key findings

29%

of disabled people feel like a less valued member of the community because of a lack of accessible or inclusive venues in their area

53%

of disabled people would feel less isolated and lonely if venues and social activities were more accessible and welcoming to disabled people

62%

of disabled people would like to see more social activities delivered online for people who can't physically attend.

Key recommendations:

  • Government to put forward a Covid-19 recovery plan to support disabled people and their families, and reinstate support that has been cut in last 12 months.
  • The Disability Unit within the Cabinet Office must include tackling loneliness as one of its priority focus areas. This should be reflected in the National Disability Strategy and all subsequent streams of work.
  • Local Authorities to promote inclusivity and accessibility of venues in their area, and involve disabled people in the planning and development of new local spaces.