The rights of people with disabilities must be protected as the UK’s responds to the coronavirus pandemic, campaigners have urged.

Disability rights groups have warned that safeguards could be sacrificed as part of new emergency powers.

They are particularly concerned what will happen when carers either fall ill or need to go into-self-isolation.

Baroness Grey-Thompson said she was worried that disabled people “might be seen as expendable”.

MPs approved sweeping new powers for the government to deal with the outbreak on Tuesday. The bill is expected to become law on Wednesday after passing through the House of Lords.

The legislation will allow councils to prioritise who and what type of needs it will meet, rather than being required to meet all eligible assessed needs as is currently the case.

The government

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