The National Housing Federation’s Housing summit was held on 19th October 2021. The work of Bangla Housing Association was showcased at the Summit, as an example of how locally based initiatives can help communities recover from the pandemic. The association’s COVID Advice Project, involved Bangladeshi-speaking Health Advice Project Workers delivering COVID advice to 10,000 Bangladeshi households in Hackney and Tower Hamlets.
The pandemic has drawn our attention to pre-existing inequalities. In the Covid-19 crisis, ethnic inequalities have shown up in two fundamental ways: first, through exposure to infection, and second, through the impact of lockdown on income.
At the same time, the consequences of the crisis are not uniform across the community. According to Public Health England, the people most at risk of dying of Covid have been of Bangladeshi ethnicity.