30th June 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted inequalities in society in both health and socio-economic terms. Health inequalities exposed other inequalities as links between those deemed most likely to contract the virus and groups such as those in overcrowed conditions, elderly and/or vulnerable people became more and more visible. These inequalities have meant that for some, coping with the changes brought about by the pandemic, has been very difficult. The community and voluntary sector supported these vulnerable members of society. They worked together with State bodies to bring supports to those in need, while helping to inform policy on protecting the most vulnerable at national level. They must continue to be supported as long as these inequalities exist and be supported to plan for the future.